“THIS HAS BECOME A WITCH HUNT”
by Sharon Rondeau
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III has been leading an investigation into whether or not anyone on the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Kremlin to win Trump the White House in 2016 over Hillary Clinton. Mueller has also reportedly been looking into allegations that Russians interfered in the 2016 election.
Giuliani enumerated Trump’s other attorneys in the “Russia” matter: Ty Cobb, who is resigning at the end of May; Jay Sekulow, who also heads the ACLJ; and Emmet Flood, who was announced on Wednesday as having joined Trump’s legal team.
The former U.S. attorney and New York City mayor during the attacks of 9/11 called Trump “the best president in our history,” particularly praising him in the area of “foreign policy.” He denounced the Special Counsel’s investigation as “tainted” and said that former FBI Director James Comey “should be prosecuted for leaking confidential FBI information.”
Speaking of Mueller, Giuliani said that he “did a good job with the FBI,” referring to Mueller’s directorship of the agency from 2001 to 2013 under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “I have an open mind about Bob; I don’t about Comey,” Giuliani said. Admitting that he “hired” Comey at one time, he said he is now “embarrassed” for doing so.
Giuliani said that he sees Mueller’s proposed questions for Trump, reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, as demonstrating that the probe is a “witch hunt,” as Trump has often said on Twitter.
Regarding his own role in defending Trump, Giuliani said, “I think I’m there because I’m his friend.”
“What if they issue a subpoena?” Hannity asked, the possibility of which was reported earlier this week. “If they issue a subpoena, that would be unprecedented…” Giuliani responded. He said there is a “real life circumstance going on that the Founding Fathers thought about,” meaning that a sitting president could be accused of criminal activity. “That’s why the Founding Fathers created this immunity from prosecution and a subpoena,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani said he would not have “my client, my president, my friend” be treated worse than Bill Clinton, referring to Clinton’s impeachment proceedings in 1999 during which Flood represented him. Giuliani suggested that any questioning of Trump by Mueller would not last more than “two and a half hours.”
At 9:30 p.m., Giuliani called Hillary Clinton “a criminal,” referring to “18 crimes” he said she has committed.
“There’s going to be a witch hunt against Republicans,” he predicted, referring to former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo, who said on Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that he must sell his home and move to a city where he can earn a higher income to begin paying off his legal bills as a result of the Mueller investigation. On Tuesday, Caputo testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee, also delivering a scathing assessment of Democrats who perpetuated the “Trump dossier” research. Last year Caputo testified to the House Intel Committee. He said his legal bills exceed $125,000 and have taken a toll on his entire family.
Giuliani said he “does not know” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein but believes he is conflicted by having hired Mueller the day after Mueller was interviewed by Trump for the FBI director’s job last May. “This is a Justice Department completely unhinged and out of control,” Giuliani opined. However, he said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein “could redeem themselves” by ending the Mueller investigation.
At 9:38 p.m., Giuliani exclaimed that the investigation is overshadowed by “government misconduct.”