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Giuliani Says Trump Won't have to Comply with a Subpoena and Could Use 5th Amendment
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7 May 2018 04:03 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Rudy Giuliani (Image Source: Screenshot)

 

Rudy Giuliani continues his publicity tour to exonerate Donald Trump, but so far he hasn't done much other than raise more questions surrounding his new client. On Sunday he appeared on ABC News's "This Week" and stated that the President doesn't have to sit for a subpoena with Robert Mueller, could invoke the Fifth Amendment, and that he worries Trump would perjure himself.

Reportedly, in an early March meeting, when Trump's legal team explained he wasn't obligated to speak with investigators regarding the possible collusion between his campaign and Russia to turn the 2016 election in his favor, Mueller suggested he could subpoena Trump to appear before a grand jury. This led to disagreements between Trump's team, and his lead lawyer, John Dowd, left and was replaced by Giuliani.

"We don't have to," Giuliani said on Sunday's news show. "He's the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have."

But this wasn't all Giuliani said in his interview with George Stephanopoulos. He also admitted to having fears of Trump perjuring himself. He asked why, as the president's attorney, he would "walk him into a prosecution for perjury" by having him interviewed by Mueller's investigation.

This is despite Trump offering before to speak to Mueller. Giuliani was initially for it as well initially but changed his mind. "Not after the way they acted," he said. "I came into this case with the desire to do that, and they keep convincing me not to do that."

Being that this issue could end up in the hands of the Supreme Court to resolve it, Giuliani knows Trump may end up testifying regardless. Asked if he is confident that the President won't invoke his Fifth Amendment right, the former mayor of New York queried, "How can I be confident in that?"

Just Friday Trump acknowledged he was anxious to speak to investigators. "Nothing I want to do more because we did nothing wrong here," he said, adding, "I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly. ... Right now it's a pure witch hunt."

Additionally, Giuliani suggested that Mueller's team holds bias in favor of former FBI director James Comey. "The special counsel seems to think Comey is Moses," he commented. "I happen to think Comey is Judas."

Giuliani believes Mueller's team is behind the leak of the list of 49 questions Trump's legal team believes he would be asked in an interview. He wants the investigation to end after a federal judge said last week that the investigation is looking for information on Trump that could "lead to his prosecution or impeachment."

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