Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that his client did not have to comply with a potential subpoena that special counsel Robert Mueller threatened in the Russia investigation.
“He’s the president of the United States,” Giuliani told ABC News’. “We can assert the same privilege as other presidents have. President Clinton negotiated a deal in which he didn’t admit the effectiveness of the subpoena. [Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr] withdrew it.”
Fox News reports that in the wide-ranging interview, Giuliani also addressed the investigation into Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying Cohen may have paid off other woman accusing the president of misconduct aside from adult-film star Stormy Daniels: “I have no knowledge of that, but I would think if it was necessary, yes.”
When asked if Trump would be willing to testify before a grand jury in the Russia investigation, Giuliani said he was looking for “the Hillary Clinton treatment,” a reference to the FBI’s interview of the former secretary of state during the investigation into her personal email server.
“That is no [questioning] under oath, only a Q&A, and then we get the questions in advance, and they write the report two weeks before,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also reiterated that he was unwilling to allow Trump to be interviewed by Mueller, despite the president’s reported openness to the idea — and refused to rule out Trump asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
I’m not so sure having Rudy Giuliani talking out of his New York ass is such a great idea.
It’s a freaking mess.