Giuliani: Trump tweets have 'laid out his defense very clearly' against obstruction claims

Giuliani: Trump tweets have 'laid out his defense very clearly' against obstruction claims
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Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE may not have to testify in special counsel's Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE investigation because of his tweets.

"A lot of his tweets have been very helpful. The reason he may not have to testify is that he’s laid out his defense very clearly," Giuliani said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Giuliani, who is Trump's lead attorney in the Russia investigation, was responding to a New York Times report that Mueller is reviewing Trump’s tweets as he pursues an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.


The former New York City mayor also brushed aside the prospect that Trump's tweets could be used to build an obstruction case.

"Obstruction by tweet is not something I think works real well," Giuliani said.

"Generally obstruction is secret, it’s clandestine, it’s corrupt. I’ve looked at those tweets and they don’t amount to anything."

The Times reported that Mueller is not focused on a single tweet or comment, but rather is using Trump's tweets to look at a larger pattern of behavior.

Mueller is particularly interested in Trump’s tweets about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court nomination reignites abortion fight in states | Trump urges Sessions to sue opioid makers | FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen Connect Beltway to America to get federal criminal justice reform done Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump planning on revoking more security clearances: report Trump escalates feud with intelligence officials Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish' MORE and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump planning on revoking more security clearances: report Trump: I’d revoke a Republican's clearance if they were ‘incompetent or crazy’ Brennan: We know Americans colluded with Russia MORE, according to the Times.

The president has used the social media platform to fiercely criticize each official.

He fired Comey in May 2017, saying at the time it was because of the Russia investigation. He has offered conflicting explanations for the firing via Twitter.

Giuliani all but confirmed Sunday that the president's legal team has proposed to Mueller that Trump would agree to an interview only if questions about obstruction of justice were ruled out. Instead, the interview would focus on the issue of collusion, which the president has vehemently denied.