Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani – the newest member of President Trump’s Russia-probe-focused legal team – sat down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday, the Washington Post has learned.
Giuliani reopened discussions on a potential interview between Trump and Mueller, conversations that had broken down in the aftermath of the FBI’s raid on longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, hotel room and home.
The ex-mayor, the Post noted, told Mueller that there was still great reluctance in agreeing to an interview, but did not rule it out.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (left), who is now representing President Trump in the Russia probe, sat down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller (right) on Tuesday
Rudy Giuliani (left), a strong supporter of President Trump (right), joined the legal team last week that’s dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe
Giuliani also asked Mueller when the Russia probe might be done, the newspaper’s sources said.
Mueller, in turn, told Giuliani that he wished to ask the president about the decisions he made during the transition and early months of the administration.
It’s important for investigators to understand the president’s intent as they look into potential obstruction of justice, Mueller noted.
Mueller, the head of the FBI before James Comey, and Giuliani, who stewarded New York City through the 9/11 terror attacks, have known each other for years thanks to their law enforcement backgrounds.
Last week upon his hiring to Trump’s legal team, Giuliani suggested he would be the individual to get the Russia probe resolved.
‘I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,’ the ex-mayor had told the Washington Post last week.
While neither the special counsel’s office nor Jay Sekulow, another one of President Trump’s attorneys, would comment about this initial meeting – which included members of Giuliani and Mueller’s team – a source told the Post it was to ‘feel each other out.’
President Trump had initially told reporters he was keen to speak to Mueller, but his tune changed in the aftermath of the Cohen raid.
The president’s last attorney, John Dowd, had quit over the matter.
Dowd had warned Trump that sitting down for an interview would put him in legal jeopardy.
Besides last week’s addition of Giuliani, Trump added husband-and-wife former federal prosecutors Jane Serene Raskin and Mary Raskin to his legal team.
Another attorney, Ty Cobb, is handling the Mueller probe from inside the White House.