Mueller Has Perfect Response To Giuliani’s Threat To Shut Down Russia Investigation Before Midterms
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the deadline claimed on Tuesday that the special counsel investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election has passed and that it’s time to shut it down.
Giuliani has stated for weeks that last Saturday, September 1, was the cutoff for Mueller to complete his investigation before it could affect the outcome of midterm elections taking place on November 6.
“I always thought that was the day to make some decision,” Giuliani said in an interview, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, however, has responded to Giuliani’s ultimatums with the public silence he’s maintained ever since he was named in May 2017 to lead the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
There’s no indication that the special counsel is going to abide by Giuliani’s clock, and there’s no law or clear policy requiring him to do so.
“The whole idea that there’s this magic deadline is ridiculous,” Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor for the U.S. attorney’s office in New York told Bloomberg.
Giuliani, who is against Trump doing a sit-down interview with Mueller because he suspects it could be a trap for committing perjury, also said that such an interview would be “out-of-bounds” and that Mueller would have to subpoena Trump to interview him.
“If he subpoenas us he sets off a legal battle right before the election,” Giuliani opined. “I don’t think he is going to do that.”
The former New York City mayor has made various outrageous claims on television that have been undercut by the president and other Trump administration members. Last month, while arguing that Mueller was attempting to get Trump to commit perjury, he said, “truth isn’t truth.” Giuliani later tried to clarify his remark and ended up creating another controversy.
Giuliani recently claimed he and the rest of Trump’s legal team may invoke executive privilege to prevent Mueller from releasing the final report of his investigation.