Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer, stated Trump only will agree to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he presents evidence of Trump committing a crime and he needs the President’s testimony to finish the investigation.
According to The New York Times, Giuliani said it’s still possible to get Trump to agree to a Mueller interview, but the chances of the President voluntarily agreeing to interview are growing slimmer.
“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 said.
In addition, Trump and his legal want Mueller to prove that he exhausted every other option to get answers before deciding to interview the President, and that Trump is the only individual capable of giving them the necessary information.
The attorneys also request that Mueller explain his ability to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice during an investigation that initially began to look into election interference from Russia.
For months, Trump’s attorneys have negotiated with Mueller and his team about a possible interview between the Special Counsel and the President, with Trump’s legal team issuing a public list of demands for the interview.
Early in June, Giuliani revealed Trump would refuse to be interviewed without first viewing documents involving the FBI using an informant in the 2016 campaign. The attorney had previously claimed the White House just wanted a briefing regarding information shared with members of Congress.
And later on in June, Rudy Giuliani said for him, any interview by the special counsel is “off the table” up until certain demands can be met.
“It’s never off the table for the president, because he feels he’s done nothing wrong, which he hasn’t, and he wants to explain himself,” Rudy Giuliani lied to The Hill’s “Rising” show. “For me as his lawyer it’s off the table until they can show me what happened.”
On Friday, Rudy Giuliani informed The Times that Donald Trump’s legal team is pushing back now against Mueller’s desire to interview John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, insisting that they know what questions will be asked.
“That’s the new position. If they had made the request eight months ago, they would have said yes because they thought there was a group of people on Mueller’s team who had an open mind and were objective,” said Giuliani on Trump’s lawyers of the past.
The attorney insisted that the public opinion is leaning “big time” toward Trump when it comes to the investigation, repeating his claims of the probe having a bias against the President.
“Nobody is going to consider impeachment if public opinion has concluded this is an unfair investigation, and that’s why public opinion is so important,” he said.