Interview Trump by Sept. 1 or he won’t talk: Rudy issues a new ultimatum for Mueller and says of the special counsel investigation ‘We have them on the run’

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

Fired FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo following an early 2017 meeting with Trump that the president asked him to go easy on Michael Flynn
Flynn lasted 24 days as National Security Advisor; he was fired after it became clear he had lied to VP Pence and to the FBI about his Russia contacts
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Sunday that Flynn’s situation never came up
Even if it had, Giuliani says that Trump has the authority to say whatever he wants to him employees and did not threaten Comey’s job
Says that Muller must wrap up the special counsel probe by Labor Day weekend or Trump won’t talk; a subpoena would likely send the case to the high court

13 August 2018

Rudy Giuliani says the president will not sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team unless it takes place before Sept. 1 because he does not want to create the potential for election interference.

Giuliani claimed Monday that Mueller told him two months ago that he could conclude the probe by the date but has not heard him mention the timeline again.

The president’s lawyer issued Mueller an ultimatum on Sunday evening, telling the Wall Street Journal that the date was an internal deadline for Trump to submit to questioning from Mueller.

‘We certainly won’t do [an interview] after Sept. 1, because we’re not going to be the ones to interfere with the election,’ Giuliani said. ‘Let him [Mr. Mueller] get all the bad publicity and the attacks for that.’

He said Monday on Fox News, ‘I think we have them on the run.’

Giuliani has demanded an end by Sept. 1 to the special counsel probe that is reviewing election meddling and allegations that the president’s campaign colluded with the Russians in 2016 to boost Trump’s odds of winning.

Mueller is also probing charges that Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI director James Comey.

Trump’s lawyers have been trying to limit questioning to allegations of collusion, arguing that the president has the right to hire and fire whomever he chooses and that authority cannot and should not be questioned.

The president’s legal team has been going back and forth with Mueller for weeks over an interview setting and the potential questions.

If Trump refuses to speak to Mueller, the special counsel could subpoena him. That would lead to a Supreme Court scuffle that the president’s legal team has essentially welcomed, although they believe it’s possible that DOJ could back down before the dispute gets that far.

Appearing on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, Giuliani said that Mueller should end his probe by Labor Day weekend.

‘There’s no reason why it can’t be done.’

Giuliani said the lagging investigation caused the president to appeal on Twitter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ‘Trying to wake them up. Come on. Let’s start being an attorney general here. Let’s be equal,’ he said. You’ve been investigating us forever, how about we take a look where there’s a big pile of evidence.’

The president’s team has called for the investigators to come under investigation.

Giuliani also insisted on Sunday that a central claim of Comey – one that could land the president in legal hot water – is completely false.

Comey wrote in a private memo following a February 2017 meeting with Trump that the newly minted president had asked him to tone down the investigative pressure on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Not so, Giuliani claimed.

Trump’s exact words, according to Comey – who memorialized them on paper afterward – were: ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is good guy. I hope you can let this go.’

Flynn was bounced from the White House after just 24 days on the job, an event Trump has said was a consequence of Flynn’s lies to the FBI about his pre-inauguration contacts with a now-former Russian ambassador.

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