Giuliani: 'In some ways I'd love to have a trial' to contest some Mueller findings

Giuliani: 'In some ways I'd love to have a trial' to contest some Mueller findings
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSchiff goes after Barr: He lacks Giuliani's 'good looks and general likability' Avenatti indicted for allegedly defrauding Stormy Daniels Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? MORE said Friday that in some ways he’d “love to have a trial” to contest some of the findings in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Giuliani expressed frustration with Mueller’s report and specifically singled out at former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Giuliani argued that because obstruction of justice charges weren't brought against Trump, Mueller should not have detailed instances that fell under that review, according to The Post.

“The narrative is written as if it’s all true and somebody proved it. Nobody proved it,” Giuliani told the newspaper.


“I’m frustrated by the report because in some ways I’d love to have a trial and prove that it’s not true,” he continued.

Giuliani then focused on McGahn, who the special counsel report said refused repeated requests from the White House to deny reports that Trump had asked him to fire Mueller. Trump waived executive privilege to allow McGahn to speak to Mueller, Giuliani noted.

“If McGahn thought any of those things were crimes, why did he stay there?” Giuliani asked. “They’re trying to make it out as if there’s something illegal about what happened with McGahn. The guy is a very good lawyer.”

“If he believed that there was something illegal, he wouldn’t have stayed in his job,” he added.

William Burck, who serves as counsel to McGahn, issued a response to Giuliani's comments in a statement to The Post.

“It’s a mystery why Rudy Giuliani feels the need to re-litigate incidents the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General have concluded were not obstruction,” Burck said in the statement.

“But they are accurately described in the report. Don, nonetheless, appreciates that the President gave him the opportunity to serve as White House Counsel and assist him with his signature accomplishments,” he added.

Last year, reports emerged stating that the president had ordered McGahn to remove Mueller, citing alleged conflicts of interests. At the time, McGahn was also reported to have said he would rather quit than carry out the order.

Trump dismissed those reports as “fake news” shortly after, however. According to Mueller, McGahn was also told by administration aides to deny such reports.

“Each time he was approached, McGahn responded that he would not refute the press accounts because they were accurate in reporting on the President’s efforts to have the Special Counsel removed,” Mueller’s report states.