Giuliani: Mueller did not ask about obstruction in questions to Trump

Greg Nash

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller did not ask about possible obstruction of justice in his questions to Trump. 

Giuliani told Axios that none of the written answers Trump gave Mueller on Tuesday addressed his actions while in office. Giuliani added that Trump will not answer any questions about obstruction of justice moving forward and warned against the possibility that Mueller will subpoena the president.

{mosads}”I think that he would not win a legal battle if he did that, and I think it would consume months,” Giuliani said. “I don’t think he has any way to compel testimony on obstruction because the argument of executive privilege would be very, very strong. It all relates to a period of time after he was president.”

Giuliani added that he believes Trump has answered “any” question Mueller has about obstruction “in interviews, tweets.”

“Other witnesses have given it to him,” he added. “And the law definitely requires that if you’re going to subpoena a president, you have to show that you can’t get the information any place else.”

Other member of Trump’s legal team, Jay Sekulow, on Tuesday said that Trump submitted cover “issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry.”

The submission came after months of high-stakes negotiations between Mueller’s team and the president’s lawyers about what answers Trump would provide for investigators. The president has so far declined to sit down for an interview with Mueller or answer questions about whether he obstructed the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Giuliani said the special counsel’s written questions “looked like a law school exam … one big long group of questions, that were multi-part questions.” 

He said some of the questions addressed whether Trump knew about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower. Others asked about a 2016 press conference during which Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing.”

The lawyer added that his continual attacks on the Mueller investigation haven’t “come up.”

Mueller’s team is reportedly working on their final report.  

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