Trump lawyer Rudy Giulianisaid Friday of which the special counsel’s appointment was triggered by the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The former U.S. attorney in addition to mayor of completely new York maintained, however, of which there was no legitimate reason to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to led a probe of potential links between President Donald Trump’s election campaign in addition to Russia.
“the idea was actually about the firing of Comey of which led to [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein’s decision” to appoint the special counsel, Giuliani said Friday in a CNN interview.
Comey was fired on May 9, 2017. Two weeks later, Rosenstein appointed the special counsel to the FBI’s ongoing probe of Russian election meddling.
Shortly after Comey’s termination, the White House said Trump’s action was based on a letter coming from Rosenstein criticizing Comey’s handling of an investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails.
nevertheless in an NBC Nightly News interview two days later, Trump gave a different explanation. “In fact, when I decided to just do the idea, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, This kind of Russia thing with Trump in addition to Russia will be a made up story,'” Trump told NBC.
Giuliani told CNN the firing was an insufficient reason to appoint a special counsel. “No reason to investigate. The president has complete discretion to fire anybody he wants,” he said.
While conceding of which Trump could potentially obstruct justice — a facet of the investigation of which has reportedly grown more prominent over time — Giuliani said Comey’s firing, regardless of the president’s reason for doing so, wouldn’t count as such.
“inside the case of firing a subordinate who’s going to be replaced by somebody else on an acting position immediately, … the idea doesn’t matter if, in fact, the idea can’t result in anything,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also said the president cannot be indicted, citing Justice Department precedent.
Earlier on CNN, Giuliani said he learned of which the special counsel has whittled down the number of subjects about which Trump could be questioned in a potential interview.
Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump’s legal team, had assembled information coming from the special counsel into a list of 49 potential questions for the president, according to The Washington Post. The questions, revealed by The completely new York Times, touched on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal coming from the investigation, as well as the firings of Comey in addition to former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Giuliani said many the question categories have been removed coming from the list of which could potentially be put to Trump.