Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed in a telephone interview with The Hill that President Donald Trump’s legal team should be given the opportunity to “correct” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report before the American people or Congress see it.
“As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you — so we can correct it if they’re wrong,” Giuliani said. “They’re not God, after all. They could be wrong.”
Giuliani says it’s a matter of executive privilege.
“Of course we have to see [the report] before it goes to Congress,” he said. “We have reserved executive privilege and we have a right to assert it. The only way we can assert it is if we see what is in the report.”
Mueller’s office did not comment on Giuliani’s statements, but his suggestion, the farthest a member of Trump’s legal team has gone in arguing that they have the right to review the special counsel’s conclusions, is already being criticized across social media, with some saying that the former New York City mayor’s words only bolster charges that the president obstructed justice.
Rudy Giuliani said that Trump's team should be able to "correct" Mueller's report before the American people see it.
Bullshit. It's really dangerous for Rudy to say something like that. Somebody tell Rudy that Trump is not above the law. https://t.co/BoNDNUSLhT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 11, 2019
Dear @RudyGiuliani…congrats! With this statement you’ve officially become the total laughingstock of not just the legal profession… but of America overall. Well done, sir… #Giuliani #Trump #Mueller https://t.co/KFZdXOMPvk
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) January 11, 2019
My brain just broke. https://t.co/ZRntOV3An5
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) January 11, 2019
Giuliani says Trump's legal team should be allowed to "correct" Mueller's final report before Congress or the American people get the chance to read it. These asinine sound bites clearly made for the malignant narcissist's ears, only add to the case for obstruction. #UNFIT
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) January 11, 2019
Then it would be the Giuliani report, not the Mueller report. https://t.co/mOKZzAfBVl
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) January 11, 2019
I should be allowed to correct my pay to $250,000 a year.
I should be allowed to correct my job title to supermodel.
I should be allowed to correct my age to 21.
I should be allowed to correct my degree to JD/MBA/MD/MA/MSW
THAT IS THE GIULIANI RULE, GUYShttps://t.co/ps5Lnq1MdJ
— Red™️ (@Redpainter1) January 11, 2019
Giuliani had a flippant reaction when questioned about the decision of convicted former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to testify before Congress on February 7.
“Big deal!” he said. “I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar.”
He had a similar reaction when asked about the news that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort shared polling data with Konstantin V. Kilimnik, his business associate and intermediary with the Kremlin, a move which could shed deeper insights into both communications the Trump campaign had with Russian operatives and the work Manafort did for Russian oligarchs in Eastern Europe.
“Should he have done it? No. But there’s nothing criminal about it,” Giuliani said. He added: “There is no legal protection of polling data. You can give it to anyone. Campaigns leak polling data all the time.”