Despite talk this week from attorneys representing President Donald Trump that they were making an honest effort to arrange an interview between the president and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, we now know their assertions were nothing more than hot air and delay tactics.
Appearing on Hannity Wednesday evening, Rudy Giuliani called the Mueller probe a “totally illegitimate investigation” and made a bizarre claim that if Mueller doesn’t finish his investigation by September, he will be violating Justice Department policy:
“I think if it isn’t over by September, than we have a very, very serious violation of the Justice Department roles that you shouldn’t be conducting one of these investigations in the 60-day period.”
As for the chances of Trump sitting for an interview with Mueller’s team of investigators, Giuliani told Hannity:
“He knows the answers to every question that he wants to ask. He’s going to ask ’em, ‘Did you tell Comey to go easy on Flynn?’ The president will say, ‘No, I didn’t.’ Hey, Bob, you know it. Why do you want to get him under oath? You think we’re fools?”
What Giuliani failed to address, however, is how exactly it would be foolish for the president to speak under oath if he’s as innocent as he so often claims. Wouldn’t an innocent person want to speak, knowing he has the truth on his side?
Later in the interview, the former New York City mayor also predicted the Mueller probe would “blow up” on the special counsel:
“The reality is, the real story is not that this case isn’t going to fizzle. It’s going to blow up on them. The real question is, what we talked about before, there’s a lot more to what they did that nobody knows about yet.”
If Trump does indeed refuse to sit down with Mueller, it seems increasingly likely the special counsel will issue a subpoena for the president’s testimony. Such a move would likely have to be determined in court, with the Supreme Court being the final arbiter of whether or not a sitting president has to testify before a grand jury.
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