Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, explained to a gaggle of reporters on Wednesday that he believes Robert Mueller is going to meddle in November's midterm elections.
“If he doesn't file his report by September 1, mid-September, he's clearly doing a Comey,” Giuliani said, clearly referencing Comey's interference in the 2016 election with his announcement that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the presidential election.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says if special counsel Robert Mueller doesn't file his report on his investigation by… https://t.co/kE8c7Bas1a— ABC News (@ABC News) 1527718893.0
Unless Mueller's report is made public by September 1, Giuliani said, the special counsel should be considered to be "meddling in the election."
"Doing Hillary in July, doing Hillary again in late October and then pulling back on the investigation a weekend before the election? Horrible,” recalled Giuliani. He also said that "whether the heck they have an interview or no interview" between Trump and Mueller, a possibility which is still up in the air, the special counsel should release his report to the public.
When asked if Trump should fire Mueller, Giuliani said no, adding that “Mueller… is creating his own problems."
@ABC I wouldn't hire this guy to represent me for cheating at solitaire.— steve marsh (@steve marsh) 1527735273.0
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that no criminal charges would be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election, after a year-long investigation into her use of a private email server during her time at State.
@ABC #RudyGiuliani demands investigation into interference in the election end by Sept. 1 because he’s worried it m… https://t.co/7pQQiFKwrW— Matthew SNOWFLAKE❄️AF 🆘 (@Matthew SNOWFLAKE❄️AF 🆘) 1527738084.0
The FBI subsequently discovered more emails in October, leaving Comey with no choice but to order a re-opening of the investigation on October 28th. Comey said his conclusion about Clinton was unchanged and the investigation was closed again on November 6, 2016, two days before the election. Many, however, including Clinton, believe Comey's decision to revisit Clinton's emails swung the election to Trump.
@ABC You mean how Comey threw the election to HELP Trump?— Trubble07 (@Trubble07) 1527728698.0
Giuliani is also awaiting a report from the Justice Department's inspector general Michael Horowitz, who is investigating whether Comey had any connection to alleged leaks from the FBI about Clinton's emails and the Clinton Foundation. Those reports will “explain a lot of it,” Giuliani said. No release date for the report has been set, however, a draft version has been made available to DOJ and the FBI.
Trump fired Comey in May, 2016, which prompted DOJ to hire Mueller to investigate if Trump obstructed justice by doing so.
Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pus… https://t.co/k8niTtWxAf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1527768661.0
Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that he fired Comey because he felt "this Russia thing" was a fake story. He expressed similar sentiments to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador, who visited Trump in the Oval Office last summer.
@realDonaldTrump Right.... Trump to Lester Holt: I’d been planning to fire James Comey for a while… https://t.co/hYDAvXkOXX— Gary Bergeson (@Gary Bergeson) 1527769645.0
It wasn't just the Lester Holt interview. Trump *also* told the Russians -- in the Oval Office -- that firing Com… https://t.co/QPvv0QJ0Dm— Mark Murray (@Mark Murray) 1527772289.0
Twitter was quick to jump on Giuliani's comments. Mueller "will file when he's done," one person pointed out.
@ABC He’ll “file” it when he’s done. 🤨— Simone (@Simone) 1527735956.0
Trump and Giuliani "are in no position to make demands," wrote another, since Trump is the one under investigation.
@ABC Umm. they really are in no position to make demands.— christina m. brooks (@christina m. brooks) 1527729239.0
Trump has waffled on his decision to have a face-to-face interview with Mueller. Though the president has said on many occasions that he was "looking forward" to an interview, his attorneys have said any one-on-one could be a "perjury trap."
@ABC Maybe Mueller could do that if your client would quit stalling, and sit down with Mueller to answer his questions.— ⚜️PattyAnn⚜️ (@⚜️PattyAnn⚜️) 1527725534.0
Forcing Mueller to end his probe before it's complete is "political" and "not justice," another user noted.
@ABC Again we should wait until he walks back on his on statement https://t.co/G5St1FCgwI— Joe (@Joe) 1527720061.0