Giuliani: Trump lawyers saw Mueller report Tuesday as they prepared rebuttal

President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani: Anything new during Mueller's testimony would be 'highly questionable' Giuliani: Biden not 'smart enough' to be president Giuliani warns Epstein case could 'implicate a lot of people' MORE said Thursday that White House lawyers saw special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's report on Tuesday — two days before its release to the public — as they prepared a rebuttal.

"I read every page. ... We started on Tuesday night," Giuliani said on Fox News shortly after the redacted report was released. "We went to the Justice Department, in a secured room. We couldn't take it out, we couldn't photograph it."

Giuliani said that he and White House lawyers Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments NY governor signs bill allowing Congress to obtain Trump's state tax returns Political victory for Democrats in Trump tax return lawsuit hinges on timing MORE, Marty Raskin and Jane Raskin each reviewed the entire redacted report before sharing their thoughts.


They did not receive their own copy of the report but were allowed to take notes, Giuliani added.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump's legal team had early access to the report and discussed it with Justice Department officials.

Giuliani told the Wall Street Journal that Trump's legal team received “no guidance on our counter-report" from the Justice Department.

Democrats slammed Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGraham says he will call Papadopoulos to testify Pelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike MORE and the Justice Department following the New York Times report, saying the White House getting the report early dented the Justice Department's credibility.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: DOJ directive to Mueller is part of 'ongoing cover up' from Trump administration Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Why are we permitting federal child abuse at our border? MORE (D-N.Y.) said he was "deeply troubled" by the Times report that the White House was briefed on the Mueller report.

"I’m deeply troubled by reports that the WH is being briefed on the Mueller report AHEAD of its release. Now, DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference. This is wrong," he tweeted.

"News reports suggesting that the White House was briefed on the #MuellerReport ahead of its release and that the DOJ intends to brief the press before receipt of the report are troubling," Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeMueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Judiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony Houston pastor will offer sanctuary to immigrants willing to be US citizens MORE (D-Texas) tweeted.

A redacted version of the report was released Thursday on the Justice Department's website, shortly after Barr delivered a summary of the findings and took questions from reporters.