Giuliani reverses: Trump should interview with Mueller

Giuliani reverses: Trump should interview with Mueller
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“I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy,” Giuliani told The Washington Post. “The safe course you hear every lawyer say is 'don’t do the interview,' and that’s easy to say in the abstract. That’s much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed.”

Giuliani has cast doubt on Trump interviewing with Mueller in the past. He told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Tuesday that if he were to make a decision on the interview at that time, he would decide against it.


The former New York City mayor told the Post that Trump has vacillated over whether he wants to interview with Mueller in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

“There have been a few days where he says, ‘maybe you guys are right,’” Giuliani said, referring to members of Trump’s legal team who have warned him against talking with Mueller.

“Then he goes right back to, ‘why shouldn’t I?’” he added.

Giuliani also said that he is concerned that a Trump interview with Mueller could be set up to catch the president on a possible perjury charge because “truth is relative.”

“They may have a different version of the truth than we do,” Giuliani said.

The lawyer also said that he believes Mueller's team wouldn't ask about any events that took place during Trump's presidency. CNN reported Tuesday that the president's lawyers are seeking to limit questions on Trump's conduct after his inauguration and on possible obstruction of justice.

Trump has said in the past that he would be willing to sit down with Mueller and reportedly believes doing so would clear his name.

“I would love to speak, but I have to find that we’re going to be treated fairly because everybody sees it right now and it is a pure witch hunt,” the president told reporters last month.

Mueller reportedly suggested to Trump's lawyers earlier this year that he would subpoena Trump if he did not agree to an interview.