President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told Bloomberg News that Trump will only answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller that are about possible collusion between his election campaign and Russia and so long as Trump is not asked any questions about obstruction of justice. The reason: Because it could lead him to be charged with perjury if Mueller believes the versions of events presented by other witnesses.
The president’s legal team made their offer in a proposal submitted to Mueller. Giuliani says Mueller has not yet responded to the proposal.
Naturally, the proposal has come under significant scrutiny, with many wondering what the president––who has often denigrated Mueller’s investigation as a mere “witch hunt”––could be hiding.
Memo to @RudyGiuliani Criminals do not set the terms of justice. The more you insist on a pathetic narrative of having control over this scenario, the more you prove how helpless you are to do anything about it. #TrumpTreason #PutinsPuppet https://t.co/CJusxLxp65
— American Resistance (@TheAmerican22) July 24, 2018
Rudy Giuliani: Trump Will Answer Mueller Questions About Russia, Not Obstruction – Newsweek So Rudy says trump won’t answer questions on obstruction because he could perjure himself, what’s Rudy telling us?🤪 https://t.co/SvWSmqKZBT
— Sue (@littlesueellis) July 24, 2018
Nothing wrong? The reason why Robert Mueller what's the interview is to get to the bottom of the Collision but Donald Trump said no question. Isn't it hilarious Trump supporters that he is scared of committing perjury but swears he has done nothing wrong?
— Dwayne Dunaway (@dunaway_dwayne) July 24, 2018
Trump has previously said that he would be willing to talk with the special counsel and, in an interview with CBS last week, he said just that.
When asked about whether the chances he’d sit for an interview with Mueller are better or worse than they were last year, Trump responded: “My lawyers are working on that. I’ve always wanted to do an interview, because, look, there’s been no collusion. There’s been no talk of Russia.”
Giuliani, however, has said the opposite. Earlier this month, he said a sitdown between Trump and Mueller is “probably further away than before.”
“You’re a lawyer, would you walk your client into a kangaroo court with guys who donated $36,000 to his opponent, cried at her loss party, represented the scoundrel who broke the hard drive?” Giuliani asked Fox host Laura Ingraham in response to FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s testimony before a joint House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
Giuliani added, in reference to Strzok:
If you have an objective group of people that you could persuade, of course you would consider testifying. But if you have people that are like him … they never unraveled the taint that he created.
Giuliani insisted that Democrats’ willingness to defend Strozk indicated that Mueller’s investigation “is falling apart of its own weight.”
A week before the Fox News interview, Giuliani said that Trump will only agree to an interview with Mueller’s team if the special counsel provides evidence that Trump has committed a crime and proves that the probe cannot be completed without Trump’s testimony.
“If they can come to us and show us the basis and that it’s legitimate and that they have uncovered something, we can go from there and assess their objectivity,” Giuliani told New York Times reporters.
Legal experts have long opined that Mueller could indict Trump for obstruction of justice, a historic first for a sitting president. They’ve also predicted that a case against the president would likely move to the Supreme Court because there is no legal precedent for an indictment of a president.
But two Justice Department legal opinions––one in 1973, the other in 2000––say it’s “not a viable option.”