Giuliani: Trump tweets have 'laid out his defense very clearly' against obstruction claims

Giuliani: Trump tweets have 'laid out his defense very clearly' against obstruction claims
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Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE may not have to testify in special counsel's Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE investigation because of his tweets.

"A lot of his tweets have been very helpful. The reason he may not have to testify is that he’s laid out his defense very clearly," Giuliani said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Giuliani, who is Trump's lead attorney in the Russia investigation, was responding to a New York Times report that Mueller is reviewing Trump’s tweets as he pursues an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.


The former New York City mayor also brushed aside the prospect that Trump's tweets could be used to build an obstruction case.

"Obstruction by tweet is not something I think works real well," Giuliani said.

"Generally obstruction is secret, it’s clandestine, it’s corrupt. I’ve looked at those tweets and they don’t amount to anything."

The Times reported that Mueller is not focused on a single tweet or comment, but rather is using Trump's tweets to look at a larger pattern of behavior.

Mueller is particularly interested in Trump’s tweets about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcGahn departs as White House counsel Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump MORE and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself MORE, according to the Times.

The president has used the social media platform to fiercely criticize each official.

He fired Comey in May 2017, saying at the time it was because of the Russia investigation. He has offered conflicting explanations for the firing via Twitter.

Giuliani all but confirmed Sunday that the president's legal team has proposed to Mueller that Trump would agree to an interview only if questions about obstruction of justice were ruled out. Instead, the interview would focus on the issue of collusion, which the president has vehemently denied.