Giuliani: Basis for Mueller probe was not legitimate

Giuliani: Basis for Mueller probe was not legitimate
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday said the basis for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation is not legitimate. 

"I'm not saying Mueller is illegitimate, I'm saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Giuliani, now a member of President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE's legal team, said the Mueller probe was illegitimate because of the use of an informant who had discussions with Trump campaign aides in 2016.

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"We're more convinced, as we see it, that this is a rigged investigation," he said. "Now we have this whole new 'spygate' thing thrown on top of already legitimate questions." 

Trump and his allies have repeatedly described the informant as a spy, sometimes saying it was someone embedded in the Trump campaign. News reports indicate the informant was an American professor in England who was not embedded within Trump's campaign. 

The use of the informant happened under the Obama Justice Department and before Mueller's appointment.

Former Obama administration officials have said it was not unusual for the FBI to use informants in counterintelligence investigations.