Guiliani wants parameters of Mueller interview with Trump set by May 17


President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Tuesday that he wants the parameters of an interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller to be set by May 17, which is the one-year mark for when Mueller was appointed to probe possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia’s efforts to influence in the presidential election. 

“You need a sort of action-forcing event. I think that’s a good one for us, is the special counsel,” Giuliani told NBC’s Kristen Welker. 

He added that the deadline is tentative and an actual interview would not happen by that date.

{mosads}”I can’t walk into it and say ‘absolutely.’ I don’t speak for them. I don’t know if it can get complicated by another, you know, another situation where they – we find that they’ve engaged in misconduct,” he continued. 

“That would really kind of put the whole thing back. That’s what happened here before. If this goes normally, around that time would be a good time to get at least the parameters of the interview agreed on. Certainly not the interview, because of all the foreign policy, national security things that are going on right now,” he said. 

Giuliani went on to detail what he said he believed the parameters should be, including written questions and questions narrowly focused on the investigation. 

“We would like written questions like President Reagan got. We would like … we would like to have him, you know, work out the answers, so that they can be careful answers that are as fruitful as memory allows, and we would, we would want a narrowing of the questions, so that they’re focused on what this investigation is about, and not how it’s sprung into all different irrelevant directions,” he said. 

Trump said last week that he would “love” to speak with Mueller but only if he would be “treated fairly.”

The former New York City mayor joined Trump’s legal team last month. 

Giuliani told The Hill last week that the president’s legal team was “several weeks away” from determining whether Trump would agree with an interview with Mueller.  

“The more objective [Mueller] is, the more likely we would be willing to cooperate. The less objective, then we would be foolish to do that,” he said. 

Giuliani made headlines last week after he told Fox News that Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for his $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement to keep Daniels silent about the affair she says she had with Trump in 2006. The comments appeared to contradict Trump’s previous denial that he knew about the payment.

Giuliani said on Sunday that Cohen would have paid other women in addition to Daniels if deemed necessary. 

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