Giuliani also criticized Mueller’s decision to allow what he says are false statements from former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen during his testimony before Congress earlier this month.
“He just lied the other day. He told the judge, ‘I was fiercely loyal to Donald Trump.’ No, he wasn’t. He taped him surreptitiously while he was fiercely loyal. He hid it. And he disclosed it,” Giuliani said.
Although Giuliani expressed hope that the Russia investigation would end soon, he criticized Mueller for investigating political consultant Roger Stone’s communications with Wikileaks about Hillary Clinton’s emails, saying that the investigation has moved further afield from its original mandate, “which was collusion which did not occur.”
Giuliani also suggested––rather “wryly,” Hill.TV notes––that Mueller “needs to investigate himself for obstruction on Flynn like he did my client,” a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whom Mueller recommended should serve no prison time after Flynn sat for 19 interviews with the special counsel’s office which gleaned significant insight on the behavior of Trump’s transition team.
He even touched on the controversial Christopher Steele dossier, saying that the special counsel’s office should be investigated for using a “piece of garbage” to justify search warrants on a Trump associate without telling courts that it was commissioned by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
“Do I think that is improper? Yeah, that borders on, that sounds to me a lot more like a false statement than some of the ones they charged,” he said.
Giuliani’s remark once again raised one of the president’s favorite talking points.
Earlier this year, the much-debated Nunes memo, which alleges abuses of covert surveillance powers by the FBI, incited a debate as to whether its contents would vindicate the president. Multiple members of Congress, including Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), himself a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, disagreed.
The Nunes memo has fueled suggestions from members of the far right that the “rumor” of the Trump administration’s collusion with Russian operatives first began to make waves after Hillary Clinton’s campaign commissioned the now infamous dossier––as part of its own collusion with the FBI. In fact, that suggestion mischaracterizes the dossier. Its existence is significantly more complicated than that.
President Trump has continued to insist that the controversial dossier containing allegations of collusion with the Russian government compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was not just “disproven” but “paid for by Democrats.” Earlier this year, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released the unclassified transcript of the interview last August by Judiciary Committee members with Glenn Simpson, a founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, which the Clinton campaign retained to do opposition research on Trump. Simpson’s testimony indicates that Steele was so disturbed by his discoveries that he chose to alert the FBI.