In another move to create suspicion and destroy confidence in the Mueller investigation, Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudolf Giuliani declared the probe “illegitimate.”
Independent investigator Robert Mueller and his team at the Justice Department have been looking into the extent of Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and who was involved.
Giuliani discussed his feelings about the investigation with Dana Bash on CNN’s interview program “State of the Union.” When asked by Bash whether he has faith in special counsel Mueller’s investigation and whether it is legitimate, Giuliani responded, “Not anymore.”
“I did when I came in, but now I see ‘Spygate’,” Giuliani answered.
‘Spygate’ is what Trump calls the revelations that an FBI informant hid within his campaign as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the election. Trump has repeatedly bashed Mueller and the Justice Department, saying that the investigation is a way to undermine Trump’s electoral victory.
Guiliani continued, saying that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia and added that “the basis on which Mueller was appointed is illegitimate.”
“I know 50 years of investigatory experience tells me they don’t have a darn thing because they would’ve used it already and they wouldn’t be off on collusion, they wouldn’t be off on Manafort, they wouldn’t be off on Cohen,” said Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor as well as a former mayor.
“You’ve got a good case, man, you go right to it,” he said.