President Donald Trump's TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani complained Friday afternoon that Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose to take legal action just as Trump is flying out of the country, suggesting that the timing was deliberate.
"Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for G20," wrote Giuliani. "In July he indicted the Russians who will never come here just before he left for Helsinki. Either could have been done earlier or later. Out of control! Supervision please?"
Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for https://t.co/8ZNrQ6X29a July he indicted the Russians wh… https://t.co/YKyK3aSM5v— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1543602115.0
Further, Giuliani suggested that the indictments of Russian nationals filed in July are beyond Mueller's purview.
They are not.
Mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated" with Trump's presidential campaign as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also empowered Mueller to probe "any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)," which includes instances of perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.
Giuliani was either lying or confused. Neither is good.
Giuliani did not get the response he was expecting on Twitter because hardly anybody takes the former New York City mayor seriously.
Go home, Rudy. You're drunk. https://t.co/Y6PcppLonz— shauna (@shauna)1543611766.0
@ManInTheHoody too bad he's working for Trump for free (and giving advice worth the cost)— shauna (@shauna)1543613548.0
@goldengateblond It's time. Really, it's time. https://t.co/wTyign7sNC— Don Lemon's baby Afro (@Don Lemon's baby Afro)1543612879.0
@goldengateblond I miss the days when all his sentences were just a noun a verb and 9 11.— Janice Hough (@Janice Hough)1543612146.0
@goldengateblond @goldengateblond He’s trying to make a point but for the life of me I have no idea what it is he’s trying to say. 🤔— Anime_Now (@Anime_Now)1543612169.0
Mueller did not file any indictments before or after Trump departed for the G20 summit in Argentina on Thursday. Giuliani is confusing correlation with causation (except neither of these applies because there were no new indictments).
Rather, Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and investigators about a deal to erect Trump's dream skyscraper in Moscow, throwing Trump world into panic mode.
This was going on in secret during the 2016 presidential election.
There does not appear to be a cogent legal strategy inside the Trump legal camp.
@EdKrassen @RudyGiuliani Fun fact: He also indicted people in the Russian investigation while the president was pla… https://t.co/ShhJPVU21L— 🌊Bill Johnson🌊 (@🌊Bill Johnson🌊)1543602777.0
@RudyGiuliani https://t.co/8gbxzXiI2o— William LeGate (@William LeGate)1543610326.0
@RudyGiuliani This is the best you can come up with?— MRSBaubles (@MRSBaubles)1543610842.0
@RudyGiuliani @JerryLOakley1 Your boy is going down 😂😂😂!— Ivrita (@Ivrita)1543608865.0
@RudyGiuliani Past your bedtime, Rudy. Actually, it is just past your time..period.— Beth-Ane Dorst (@Beth-Ane Dorst)1543612006.0
@goldengateblond It’s nutty that his complaint is about timing. TIMING!!!!— melomys (@melomys)1543612211.0
@TheDocSportello @RudyGiuliani So inconsiderate Mueller isn't taking the subject of his indictments' feelings into account! 😂😂😂— Nat 🦝 Nørgaard 🇪🇺🇧🇪🇩🇰 (@Nat 🦝 Nørgaard 🇪🇺🇧🇪🇩🇰)1543603383.0
@RudyGiuliani Agree - both you and Individual 1 need constant supervision.— Chuck Todd's Bangs (@Chuck Todd's Bangs)1543603147.0
@RudyGiuliani JFC, Fruity, you were a Federal prosecutor, you should know the difference between a plea agreement and an indictment.— JoAnne O’Bar Legat (@JoAnne O’Bar Legat)1543604974.0