Rudy Giuliani defended President Trump on Fox News on Wednesday night by saying that what matters isn't whether Trump's campaign got compromising information on Hillary Clinton from Russians, but rather that Trump never used it.
"They rejected it," he told host Laura Ingraham. "If there was collusion with the Russians, they would have used it." Now a member of Trump's legal team, Giuliani said that when he was running for office in New York City and for president, Democrats "were looking for dirt on me every day. That's what you do, maybe you shouldn't, but you do. Nothing illegal about that." When it comes to the sources of that dirt, he added, no one is off limits. "Even if it comes from a Russian, a German, an American, doesn't matter," he said.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is about to start his second year investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians, and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday released transcripts from an interview it conducted with Donald Trump Jr. regarding a meeting he had in Trump Tower ahead of the election with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer. Trump Jr. set up that meeting after learning that the lawyer was offering the Trump team compromising information about Clinton. Catherine Garcia
Rudy Giuliani said on CNN Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team told President Trump's lawyers they've determined they cannot indict a sitting president.
"All they get to do is write a report," said Giuliani, one of Trump's newest attorneys. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us." Speaking to The Washington Post, Giuliani said Mueller did not explicitly tell anyone he would not charge Trump, and when asked which member of Mueller's team passed along the message, Giuliani said he needed to check with another lawyer, Jay Sekulow.
Mueller, he told the Post, is "bound by Justice Department policy. Justice Department policy, if you look at the 1979 memo, says that you can't charge the president. Says you can't issue criminal process against him either. No president has ever been charged criminally. Presidents get impeached then charged criminally." Mueller could issue a report that makes a recommendation for the House, and they could then pursue articles of impeachment. Catherine Garcia
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks the real purpose of President Obama's recently announced sanctions on Russia is not to punish the country for its cyber activity, but to cause problems for President-elect Donald Trump. While on Fox & Friends on Friday morning, Giuliani called out Obama's "petty little actions" as a way to take "tremendous leverage" away from Trump, who has expressed interest in improving relations with Russia.
"Petty little actions like this don't mean very much," Giuliani said of Obama's sanctions against Russian individuals and entities thought to be involved in interfering in the U.S. presidential election on Trump's behalf. "It's almost a mockery to say this is too little too late," Giuliani added. "It should have been done 10 months ago, 11 months ago, 12 months ago. If it is really true, the response should be much stronger."
Giuliani advised Trump to get a second opinion when he takes office, rather than trust the intelligence coming from the Obama administration. "There's no question that the intelligence that President Obama has been getting has either been incompetent or politicized," Giuliani said. Once Trump figures out for himself who is to blame, Giuliani recommended the U.S. "bang them back really hard."
Watch Giuliani's full interview below. Becca Stanek
Rudy Giuliani says Trump's campaign was given advanced notice about the FBI's Clinton email announcement
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed Friday that Donald Trump's campaign was tipped off about the FBI announcement regarding Hillary Clinton's emails before it went public last week. "Did I hear about it? You're darn right I heard about it, and I can't even repeat the language that I heard from the former FBI agents," Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. The former mayor also said he expected FBI Director James Comey to make an announcement "about three, four weeks ago, because way back in July this started, they kept getting stymied looking for subpoenas, looking for records."
Giuliani's apparent admission came after he remarked last week on Fox & Friends that the Trump campaign had "a couple of surprises left" that would be shared in "a little bit of a different way" and be "enormously effective." Two days later, news broke that Comey had sent a letter to Congress informing lawmakers that emails had been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that may be pertinent to the bureau's previous investigation of Clinton's private email server.
Giuliani noted Friday he is "real careful not to talk to any on-duty, active FBI agents," but said he has "a lot of friends who are retired FBI agents, close, personal friends." "All I heard were former FBI agents telling me that there's a revolution going on inside the FBI and it's now at a boiling point," he said.
Neither Trump's campaign nor Giuliani responded immediately to requests for comment. Watch a snippet of Giuliani's latest interview below. Becca Stanek
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