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Giuliani Says They Remain Open to Mueller - Trump Interview
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8 Aug 2018 04:06 PM EST

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

 

Rudy Giuliani took the job as Donald Trump's' personal attorney back in April, stating then it was to expedite the process of bringing an end to the Robert Mueller probe. However, that's still going strong. They've also been talking since then about a possible interview between Mueller and Trump. Giuliani indicated on Tuesday that the Trump camp remains open to the possibility.

The former mayor of New York said that he and the rest of the lawyers in Trump's stable plan to send a letter to special counsel Mueller later in the week to let him know they are still open to the president sitting for an interview and to be questioned about the possible obstruction of justice charge from when he fired former FBI director James Comey.

"We'll leave a little wiggle room," explained Giuliani. "It's not so much obstruction questions — it's really sucker punches,"

This means he has changed his tactics yet again with regards to his client and the possibility of an interview. Just the day before he told The Washington Post that the president's attorneys had a "real reluctance about allowing any questions" regarding obstruction.

"If he can demonstrate to us he's got a couple questions obstruction that he doesn't have the answer to, that he really needs the answer to, and he hasn't made up his mind that Trump is lying, we might — we might — allow that," Giuliani told Politico.

This letter will be sent from the attorneys to Mueller by Thursday, the same day Giuliani will be with Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump's team has been scheduling days for when an interview could take place going back to Thanksgiving.

Yet, the decision on whether Trump will agree to an interview with Mueller is more than a week away, with Giuliani admitting that the November midterms are now factoring into the possibility.

"I don't think we want to put a date on it," he said, "but we want to get to the period of time where we don't want to affect the 2018 election."

But if the attorneys get what they're looking for with regards to the questions that will be asked of the president, this whole thing could happen fairly quickly. "If they agree to what we're proposing, we can do this in about three weeks," he indicated.

Back in May Giuliani thought the interview would happen sometime in the summer, but it's already August. The time is slipping away to still fulfill that promise.

"Someone asked me if we're preparing him," Giuliani added. "We're not. But over the course of the last three months, of course we've gone over these questions and gotten his answers." 

The last word from Mueller regarding the interview was from his office saying the special counsel would still like to address collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice, but he's now willing to accept some of those answers in written form, yet wants to reserve the right to follow up in person on some of those answers.

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