President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani attacked the manhood of special counsel Robert Mueller Monday – the day after the president said Mueller had an ethical conflict because of their own ‘nasty’ relationship.
Giuliani took to the airwaves Monday morning to keep up the president’s attacks on Mueller, who is heading the Russia probe, and faulted him for failing to publicly buttress Trump’s position regarding a leaked recording of a tape between Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment involving a former Playboy playmate.
‘When you’re getting beaten up by all kinds of anonymous tweets coming from (Cohen lawyer) Lanny Davis and Cohen, and you put out something like that, you have every right to say you explain it, Mueller, stand up and be a man,’ Giuliani told CNN’s ‘New Day.’
Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller needs to ‘stand up and be a man,’ and faulted him for having a ‘conflict’ with Trump
Host Alisyn Camerota asked why it was up to Mueller to support the president’s tweet.
‘Because he has the conflict, not the president,’ said Giuliani.
Giuliani also taunted Mueller in an interview with Axios published Monday.
‘Why don’t you write a report and show us what you have, because they don’t have a goddamn thing,’ Giuliani said. ‘It’s like a guy playing poker. He’s bluffing and he’s only got a pair of twos,’ Giuliani added.
‘Enough is enough,’ Giuliani vented. But he claimed Trump still has a ‘soft spot’ for Michael Cohen, who Giuliani has been branding as a liar amid signals he may cooperate with Mueller.
Giuliani wouldn’t disclose the Mueller business dispute with Trump, but may have referenced a spat over golf fees
‘I can’t tell you,’ Giuliani said of what he said was a Mueller conflict
‘The president has always had a soft spot for Cohen. He almost still does. Even now with his betrayal by taping him he still is worried about him because he believes he’s only hurting himself,’ Giuliani said.
In the CNN interview, Giuliani referenced a conflict so severe that if it were him, ‘it’s one that would have kept me out of the investigation.’ But he wouldn’t divulge more. ‘I can’t tell you,’ he siad.
He appeared to be referencing a dispute over golf fees at Trump’s Virginia golf club that was reported in the New York Times.
‘Maybe it explains why he hired 13 Democrats,’ Giuliani said, referencing Trump’s repeated claim that Mueller stacked his team with ‘angry’ Democrats, although FBI regulations would have precluded the Republican Mueller from using party affiliation to select his team.
Trump claims Mueller has multiple conflicts of interest
Michael Cohen (above) secretly recorded Trump in a 2016 conversation about a payment to quash affair allegations. Giuliani says that’s the only Cohen tape with Trump’s voice
Trump is seen with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal over a decade ago. In the secret recording Trump and Cohen discussed a payment to quash her affair allegations
President Trump went after special counsel Robert Mueller’s credibility on Twitter on Sunday
Trump fumed about what he claimed were conflicts of interest on Twitter Sunday.
‘Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend…’ Trump wrote in a three-tweet rant on the investigation on Sunday.
Trump, according to The Times, in the past complained to staff about what he called a conflict because the two men had a bad business deal over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., which led to Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, to resign his membership there.
Trump also argued Mueller could not be impartial in the probe because he worked for a law firm that had represented Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Giuliani also said it ‘sounds suspicious’ that only one of 183 Cohen recordings obtained from FBI raids on his home and office has Trump on it.
‘We have 183 unique tape recordings. Only 1 with the president of the united States,’ Giuliani said. ‘Sounds suspicious, doesn’t it?’ he added.