Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani challenged special counsel Robert Mueller to show what he’s found in his Russia investigation, telling him it was time to put up or shut up.
‘My ultimatum is put up or shut up, Bob,’ Giuliani said on ‘Fox and Friends’ Sunday morning. ‘I mean, you know, what do you have? There are those of us who believe you don’t have anything on collusion. And by the way, if you did, it’s not a crime so what the heck are you doing?’
He added that President Donald Trump’s legal team was ready to refute any findings.
‘Put out a report. We’re ready to rebut it,’ he said.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani challenged special counsel Robert Mueller to show what he’s found in his Russia investigation
Special counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be in the final stages of his report although there’s been no indication of when he’ll submit it to the Justice Department
Mueller is believed to be in the final stages of his investigation of whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Moscow to affect the 2016 presidential election. But it’s unknown when he will submit his report to the Justice Department.
Giuliani did not know a time frame either.
The former New York City mayor also slammed former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page for their role in the investigation and the missing text messages between them.
He hinted the text messages may have been deliberately deleted.
‘All those texts of Strzok and Page, deleted after they find out that Strzok is texting that he hates Trump, that he’s going to get him, that he’s going to stop him, and if he can’t stop him he has an insurance policy to get him out of office. I believe Mueller is the insurance policy to get him out of office,’ Giuliani said.
He added: ‘Strzok was his first investigator. How is it that the ones eliminated are all the ones that he did when he was working for Mueller?’
Page and Strzok exchanged text messages critical of Trump during the2016 campaign, including during the time when they were part of the team investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email service while she was secretary of state.
The two were early members of Mueller’s team but were removed once the texts came to light. Both have since left the FBI.
Trump has also – without evidence – accused the agency of deliberately deleting text messages between the two.
The Justice Department’s inspector general, in a report released earlier this month, found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed the texts.
The IG could not recover any texts from the phones assigned to the two agents because, by the time investigators requested the devices, they had been reset for others to use them.
The inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived, the Associated Press fact checker found.
President Trump’s team said they are ready to rebut the special counsel’s report
Trump and his team have railed against the text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok (left) and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page (right)
The report examined a gap in messages from December 2016 through May 2017 from Strzok and Page’s phones.
The IG’s investigation of the matter resulted in around 9,311 complete text messages sent or received on Strzok’s phone being recovered and around 10,760 from the same period from Page’s phone, the vast majority of which were exchanged between the two.
Giuliani pushed the idea that the messages were deliberately erased.
‘All of a sudden they wipe out his phone and the ones missing are the ones when he was working for Mueller? Why? Because just maybe it would be very embarrassing if he was saying the same things while working for the holier than thou special counsel, and he was saying I hate Trump, we’re going to get Trump, we’re going to get him any way we have,’ he said.
He added he hopes there is a way to recover the message.s
‘I’m hoping there’s a way to reproduce them,’ he said.
He added: ‘I mean, texts only last for a little – they’re not like e-mails. I do this work – cybersecurity work and texts are hard to get, I mean, that’s legitimate, even the FBI.’
Giuliani touted his cyber security work on this matter.
Earlier this month, Giuliani blamed Twitter for a mistake he made on his personal account.
He charged that the social network had ‘allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message.’
But Giuliani had inadvertently created a hyperlink when he failed to put a space after a period in a Nov. 30 tweet that criticized Mueller for releasing the news of Michael Cohen’s latest guilty plea before Trump headed off to the G-20 summit.
Web firm designer Jason Velazquez told The Washington Post he noticed the missing space in the text turned it into a bright blue hyperlink. He promptly purchased the link made and turned it into an anti-Trump website.
A Twitter spokesman says the company can’t edit users’ tweets and ‘the accusation that we’re artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false.’
The internet also mocked Giuliani for blaming Twitter instead of realizing he created the link.
Several people noted the former mayor of New York City was, a one time, a top cybersecurity advisor to Trump.