Trump-Russia collusion investigations

‘Over my dead body’: Rudy Giuliani dismisses prospect of Robert Mueller interviewing Donald Trump

  • Giuliani said Mueller and his team of prosecutors could not be trusted to deal fairly with the president
  • Last month, the White House sent written answers in response to the special counsel’s questions about possible collusion with Russia
PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2018, 10:38am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2018, 10:54pm

Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, rejected the prospect of Trump sitting down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Over my dead body,” Giuliani said on Fox News Sunday.

“But you know, I could be dead.”

Fox host Chris Wallace followed up, pressing Giuliani on whether the special counsel wanted to speak with Trump. Giuliani did not respond directly and instead said he was “disgusted with the tactics they have used in this case”.

On ABC News’ This Week, Giuliani was asked whether there were ongoing discussions about an interview.

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He replied that he was “not allowed” to say that.

Giuliani added: “The agreement we had did contemplate that there’d be a period of time after the questions that we would have a discussion about whether there should be any further questions. So I’m not saying we are or we aren’t, but that’s in the agreement.”

Last month, Trump’s lawyers submitted his written answers to questions from Mueller about the president’s knowledge of the Russian government’s efforts to assist his 2016 campaign.

During the televised interviews, Giuliani also criticised former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress.

Cohen said in an interview with ABC News last week that Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with him years ago.

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Cohen has admitted to facilitating the payments and running afoul of campaign finance law.

Democrat congressman Elijah Cummings, who is expected to be the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when Democrats take control of the chamber early next year, said he wants Cohen to testify before Congress in January.

“I’m hoping that Mr Cohen will come before the Congress, where he can tell the American public exactly what he has been saying to Mueller and others, without interfering with the Mueller investigation,” Cummings said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Trump has denied instructing Cohen to break the law.

“The man is pathetic,” Giuliani said of Cohen. Giuliani also called him a “serial liar”.