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Giuliani: Mueller probe 'most corrupt investigation I have ever seen'


Rudy Giuliani is pictured. | AP Photo

The arguments from President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani match ones Trump has long made about special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

07/08/2018 12:11 PM EDT

Updated 07/08/2018 12:24 PM EDT


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The Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is “the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen,” President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told ABC News on Sunday morning.

Still, Giuliani, the former New York mayor who heads up Trump’s outside legal team, did not close the door completely on the prospect that the president might sit for an interview with Mueller’s team. Giuliani told The New York Times last week that Trump would speak to Mueller’s team only if the special counsel can show a legitimate basis for the investigation having been started and that the president’s testimony is crucial to its conclusion.

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“We can’t find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation, particularly since we now know it was started from biased — by biased,” origins, Giuliani argued on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Trump’s attorney suggested that testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, who has said Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, “is hardly worth anything” and that Mueller’s team is stacked with “very, very severe partisans.”

Of Mueller specifically, Giuliani told NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I do not think he’s corrupt” but that “he’s surrounded by biased people. Almost exclusively.”

The arguments from Giuliani match ones the president has long made about Mueller’s team, chiefly that it amounts to a “witch hunt” staffed by “13 angry Democrats.” Mueller himself is a registered Republican.

Asked about longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who last week in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos sent seemingly the strongest signals yet that he could cooperate with Mueller’s probe, Giuliani said he is not concerned about such a scenario.

Cohen, in an off-camera interview, told Stephanopoulos that “my wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” even in a situation where prosecutors might put the president’s longtime personal attorney and fixer in the position of deciding between his family and Trump.

Cohen has found himself at the center of multiple legal issues in recent weeks, including a lawsuit brought by adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who is seeking to void a nondisclosure agreement Cohen handled related to a one-night sexual affair she claims to have had with the president, and an FBI raid against his home and residences last month.

Asked if he has concerns about anything Cohen might tell federal prosecutors, Giuliani said, “zero. None.”

“We want Michael to handle this in a way that’s most helpful to him. Michael’s not going to lie, he’s going to tell the truth. Long as he does that, we have nothing to fear,” Giuliani said. “As long as he tells the truth, we’re home free.”

“If he wants to cooperate, I think it’s great,” Giuliani told “Meet the Press.” “I know Michael. He has no evidence of, nor was he involved in anything untoward with the president.”

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