Giuliani to Mueller: 'Put up or shut up'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday called for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE to "put up or shut up" as the president's legal team offers increasingly pointed criticism of the federal Russia probe.

"We believe that the [Mueller] investigation should be brought to a close," Giuliani told reporters. "We think they’re at the end of it. They should render their report."

"I mean, I guess if we were playing poker, we'd say 'put up or shut up,' " he continued. "What do you got?" 

Trump on Wednesday morning called for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms MORE to shut down Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. The president issued the call on the second day of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortOn The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court How to combat Putin's financial aggression MORE's trial on bank and fraud charges in Virginia.

"This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further," Trump tweeted. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!" 


Trump has frequently decried Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" and called its authenticity into question, but his demand that Sessions end the investigation "now" marks another escalation of his attacks against the special counsel.  

Giuliani on Wednesday also repeated the claim that Mueller's investigation was started by controversial FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, despite the Mueller probe launching after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon The new marshmallow media in the Biden era McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE.

"We have every reason to believe they don’t have anything," Giuliani said Wednesday. "I don’t think they have any evidence he did anything wrong." 

Mueller so far has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 individuals, including four former Trump aides.