President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told Hill.TV on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report took a “cheap shot” at the president, calling Mueller’s findings “one-sided.”
“The report is one-sided, it has an incredible standard of proof. It’s that ‘we couldn’t be convinced that he didn’t obstruct justice,’ ” Giuliani told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball.
“Can you prove that he did? That answer is, no they can’t,” Giuliani continued. “That is like a cheap shot, but if they can’t prove it, why don’t they just regurgitate all the garbage that they have? It’s all one-sided, a lot of it not true, a lot of it exaggerated.”
“Even if it’s all true, which it isn’t, he didn’t commit a crime. He didn’t do anything wrong,” he said, adding that Trump’s legal team would wait to release a rebuttal to Mueller’s report.
Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday that White House lawyers saw the report on Tuesday night as they prepared their counter-report.
“We’re really going through it and seeing what we have to rebut,” he said. “At this point, we’re pretty comfortable that people are digesting it, and we’ll see how it works out.”
“We’ll put it out, I mean it’s a document that you need even for history, but as to exactly when we do it, we’re sort of taking the temperature,” he said.
In his report, Mueller detailed the findings of his 22-month investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible obstruction of justice by Trump, concluding that there was no evidence of coordination between Trump’s campaign and Moscow in the run-up to the 2016 election. Mueller declined to take a position on whether Trump obstructed justice with the probe, though his report details 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice involving Trump.
The report, Barr said, was redacted to hide grand jury material, classified information, details about ongoing investigations and information that could implicate the privacy of “peripheral” third parties.
— Julia Manchester