Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Giuliani doubts Trump would ever meet with Mueller

Cliff Owen  Associated Press		James Comey Cliff Owen Associated Press James Comey
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 18:47

Russian Federation has denied meddling. "We can't find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation".

The special counsel investigation was established by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to handle the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which began in 2016, after Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

It wrote that Trump will only agree to it if Mueller "has evidence that Mr. Trump committed a crime and that his testimony is essential to completing the investigation".

However, Giuliani suggested there could have been an "understanding" between Trump and Cohen that he would get repaid $140,000 for things like this "nuisance settlement".

As a former NY mayor, Giuliani has known Trump for years and was reportedly considered as a possible attorney general.

Cohen, who hasn't been charged, wouldn't say if he would cooperate with prosecutors in the probe.

Giuliani said, "If the president says, 'I fired him for the good of the United States, '" it was justification enough.

Asked if pardoning Cohen is still a possibility, Giuliani said: "I've advised the president, which he understands, no discussion of pardons. One day I will answer", he said.

"The reality is that there are biases that have to be explored surrounding Mueller", Giuliani added, specifically pointed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's recently released report.

Kasowitz says Comey stonewalled the president's request to clear his name in order to "sustain an investigative cloud" over his head that would make it hard for Trump to fire him. He added: "This is the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen". Kasowitz and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow did not immediately return messages, and former Trump attorney John Dowd declined to comment. In a closed-door interview last month with members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Mr. Strzok said his text messages were simply communications between friends that weren't indicative of the direction of the FBI's work.

Lawyers for Comey declined to comment Saturday, as did Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller. "Michael's not going to lie, he's going to tell the truth, and as long as he does that we have nothing to fear", Giuliani said.

Lanny Davis, who previously worked for President Bill Clinton's administration and has staunchly defended Hillary Clinton following her 2016 loss to Trump, went after Giuliani's call Sunday for Cohen to cooperate with federal prosecutors and to tell "the truth". Mr. Cohen has denied any wrongdoing.

Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said that Cohen "has sent every signal he possibly can to prosecutors that he will put his own interests first and will jump at any deal that may save him from going to jail".