Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani continued to rage against Robert Mueller’s team on Friday, claiming prosecutors would still be investigating the president if it were up to them.
Giuliani said they’d like to keep searching for evidence that Trump obstructed justice, and that’s why they declined to exonerate him in their final report.
‘They’d still be investigating it if they could. They just believe he’s bad and there must be something bad about him,’ he said on ‘Fox & Friends. ‘Just think of how warped what you just read to me is, read it again.’
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani continued to rage against Robert Mueller’s team on Friday, claiming prosecutors would still be investigating the president if it were up to them
The president’s lawyer picked up where Trump left off when he left his beach-front resort in Palm Beach to hit the links at his private club.
President Trump blasted the ‘Crazy Mueller Report’ in a morning tweet. He insisted that parts of it were ‘fabricated’ and ‘total bullsh*t’ and he never made embarrassing statements that were attributed to him.
According to the report, Trump claimed he was ‘f**ed’ when he learned of Robert Mueller’s appoint. He declared it would be the ‘end of my presidency,’ said Jody Hunt, the chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Hunt wrote contemporaneous notes that he shared with the special counsel on Trump’s reaction to Mueller’s hiring in the moments after Sessions informed the president that an independent investigator had been announced.
Trump seemed to take aim at him Friday in a tweet that told followers to ‘watch out’ for sources who produce ‘so-called “notes”‘ that were not known to exist before now.
Giuliani said on Fox that he could have been referring to any number of incidents in the report.
He noted that Trump had refuted fired FBI Director James Comey’s claims that he demanded ‘loyalty’ and asked him to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
‘I’ll tell you one that’s a phony note. A phony note is that whole thing about the President told him to go easy on Flynn or he hope that he could see his way clear,’ Giuliani said. ‘President said that conversation never took place, he didn’t produce those notes until three months later, three months later after he was fired and he changed his whole version of it.’
The president’s attorney said ‘you’ve got to go to jail’ for lies like the ones Trump says Comey told.
Trump may have been referring to former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s claims that the president asked him to fire Mueller but he refused. That detail appeared in news reports long before the special counsel submitted his final assessment.
According to the Mueller report, the president ‘pressure’ him to deny that it happened.
‘In the same meeting, the President also asked McGahn why he had told the Special Counsel about the President’s effort to remove the Special Counsel and why McGahn took notes of his conversations with the President,’ the report says. ‘McGahn refused to back away from what he remembered happening and perceived the President to be testing his mettle.’
Giuliani told ‘Fox & Friends’ that he was unable to say ‘what’s false and not about’ about the episode but offered that some of it is ‘demonstratively false.’
He also said that Trump may have been referring to testimony given by Trump’s previous attorney Michael Cohen.
‘If half what they write about Michael Cohen is true, I’d be surprised. Half of that is perjury, they’re writing based on false statements and perjury, the guy should go to jail for more time for the perjury he committed in the course of this investigation,’ he said.
Giuliani complained that the report presented Cohen, an admitted liar whose going to jail for committing perjury, as a credible source of information.
‘He actually just a few weeks ago, went in front of Congress and purged himself seven times including saying he wasn’t asking for job,’ the president’s current attorney said.
Exclusive: President Trump reads the Wall Street Journal on the way to his Palm Beach golf club on Friday morning
President Trump went after the ‘Crazy Mueller Report’ on Friday morning, insisting that parts of hit were ‘fabricated’ and ‘total bullsh*t’ and he never made embarrassing statements that were attributed to him
Trump has refused the claims in the report about Cohen and Comey. Yesterday, he denied claims that he attempted to have Mueller fired on multiple occasions.
‘I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!’
The president repeatedly said Thursday that he was having a ‘good day’ after the redacted Mueller report dropped.
‘It was called, no collusion, no obstruction,’ he said at a White House event. ‘There never was, by the way, and there never will be.’
As the day wore on his comments turned nastier, though, and on Friday he was denying that certain events in the Mueller report ever occurred.
Trump seemed to be refuting Jody Hunt’s notes in his tweets. Hunt was chief of staff to the AG at the time of Mueller’s appointment
‘Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed,’ he said.
‘Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullsh*t & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad).’
Trump seemed to be refuting Hunt’s note-taking in the report — and attacking Mueller as an ‘Angry Democrat’ who was out to get him.
The president had referred to the special counsel’s 17 prosecutors during a months-long pressure campaign. His claim was based on their ties to Hillary Clinton, through donations to her or their known party affiliations.
He ticked the count up to 18 on Friday morning in the tweet that suggested he was lumping in Mueller, last known to be a Republican, with the former FBI director’s investigators.
After Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress revealing Mueller’s conclusion that neither the president nor his campaign had colluded with Russia to interfere in the election, Trump acknowledged that the special counsel was an honorable person.
Trump appeared to back track on Friday as he refuted the section of the report that dealt with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s May 2017 call to Sessions, who’d recused himself from the Russia probe, to say he’d appointed a special counsel.
At the White House on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also tried to deflate Hunt’s claims that Trump said he was ‘f**ed’ and likely to be removed from office
‘This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened,’ he wrote in am open-ended tweet that used profanity to claim that he never used profanity to describe the special counsel appointment.
At the White House on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also tried to deflate damaging claims that were included in the report.
Conway told reporters that she’d ‘never’ heard Trump make comments like that.
‘I was very surprised to see that by somebody who’s been here sparingly over the last couple of years,’ she said of Hunt. ‘I was very surprised to see that because that was not the reaction of the president that day when I was there.’
She noted that the report contains ‘words where the president’s quoted throughout the report where he doesn’t use those words’ and the quotes are framed as generalizations.
The senior White House official said that Trump had never talked about resigning from office or ending his presidential campaign, as far as she’s aware.
‘I will tell you he has never once on the campaign said, “I think we should resign, I’m not gonna run anymore, let’s just – I’m done here, I can go back to my happy life, make billions of dollars.” He has never said that during the campaign and he certainly never has said it since he was here.’
His former campaign manager said, ‘I’ve been by his side for three straight years now. He has never expressed that, “my presidency is over.”
‘And I know that that was the promise and the wish of many people many people who for some reason you give a lot of airtime and ink to, who have zero credibility now, who promised collusion, who swore there would be criminal conspiracy, who would whisper in the ears of people like me that my colleagues or members of the Trump family, or both, would be headed to jail, would be indicted by the grand jury, would be taken into prison,’ she said. ‘None of that happened.
‘Honestly, it’s time to move on, total exoneration, the president’s in a great mood. And I think what’s incredibly important here is that democracy in the world’s greatest country, the greatest democracy, flourishes.’
Conway said that Trump’s ‘greatest rebuttal’ to the special counsel probe is that he will remain in office, and he doesn’t need to issue a dissertation defending himself.
‘He doesn’t need a point-by0point rebuttal. You know what his greatest rebuttal will be? His greatest rebuttal will be he’s in office he’s gonna remain in office and he’ll get reelected because the Democrats have nothing,’ she insisted.
Trump came out of the Mueller report without an indictment, however, the special counsel did paint an unflattering portrait of a foul-mouthed executive who believed the Russia probe would lead to his demise.
When Mueller was appointed, the special counsel’s report says that Trump ranted: ‘I’m f***ed. This is the end of my presidency.’
The account was included in the report that was released to Congress and the public late Thursday morning. It provides new details on the moment Trump learned of Mueller’s appointment and multiple attempts to fire him.
Mueller wrote that Trump directed aides more than once to have him fired, but they refused. The report indicated that Trump wanted the special counsel removed, but he did not want to be seen pulling the lever after what happened with James Comey.
The former FBI director’s firing is what led to the appointment of the special counsel in the first place.
In one episode, the president is said to have directed McGahn to give Mueller the ax. He told him to cite ‘conflicts of interest’ as the reason for the special counsel’s removal.
‘McGahn did not carry out the instruction for fear of being seen as triggering another Saturday Night Massacre and instead prepared to resign. McGahn ultimately did not quit and the President did not follow up with McGahn on his request to have the Special Counsel removed,’ the report states.
He spent his Friday morning, post-tweets, in Palm Beach playing golf. He was seen as the motorcade turned out of Mar-a-Lago wearing glasses and reading the Wall Street Journal through the window of his vehicle
The president and his accompanying motorcade vehicles arrive at Trump International Golf Club
Mueller declined to call any of the actions criminal — but he intentionally left room for Congress to arrive at another conclusion.
‘If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would state so,’ he writes.
Even so, the White House claimed Thursday that the president came out of the probe unscathed.
‘I think that the White House is in a great position. And what we’ve been saying for the last 2-1/2 years is finally I think totally been vindicated,’ Sarah Sanders told Fox News in an evening interview. ‘The president is completely exonerated, no collusion, no obstruction.’
As he landed in Palm Beach to enjoy the long Easter holiday weekend with his family at his Florida estate, the president delivered a similar message to supporters and media.
‘Game over, folks, now it’s back to work,’ he said from the airport tarmac.
He spent his Friday morning, post-tweets, in Palm Beach playing golf. He was seen as the motorcade turned out of Mar-a-Lago wearing glasses and reading the Wall Street Journal through the window of his vehicle.