Giuliani: Trump to use anniversary of Mueller appointment to press for end of Russia probe

Giuliani: Trump to use anniversary of Mueller appointment to press for end of Russia probe
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Trump and his legal team plan to use the one-year anniversary of the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE on Thursday to push for the end of the federal Russia probe.

“We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Giuliani told Bloomberg.

“We don’t want to signal our action if this doesn’t work — we are going to hope they listen to us — but obviously we have a Plan B and C,” he added.

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Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel on May 17, 2017, eight days after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE, who was at the time leading the federal probe into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Giuliani told Bloomberg on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe that the president needs to interview with Mueller in order for the special counsel probe to end, arguing that Mueller needs to prove why he needs an interview when his office has already received more than 1.2 million documents for the probe.

If Trump were to agree to interview with Mueller, Giuliani said, the president would need to be promised that the investigation would conclude soon after the questioning.

“It is hard to recommend an interview when the questions presented indicate they have no evidence, and it is hard not to get at least the appearance they are attempting to trap him into perjury,” Giuliani told Bloomberg.

Mueller had reportedly suggested to Trump’s legal team earlier this year that he would subpoena the president if he refused to sit down for an interview.

Giuliani claimed this month that Trump wouldn’t have to comply with a possible subpoena from the special counsel.

Trump has long blasted the Russia probe, calling it a “witch hunt.” In a tweet last month, the president called for the special counsel investigation to end.