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January 11, 2019

Rudy Giuliani wants to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report before anyone else.

As reports suggest Mueller is getting close to finishing his probe into President Trump's campaign's involvement with Russian election interference, Giuliani said Thursday that the special counsel "should show [the report] to you — so we can correct it if they're wrong." It's only "a matter of fairness," the former New York City mayor and current member of Trump's legal team told The Hill.

The idea that Trump could interfere with what's supposed to be an independent investigation has mostly revolved around the possibility of Trump firing Mueller as special counsel. That seemed more likely when Mueller probe critic Matt Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general. But there have also been concerns that Trump's team would somehow interfere with what Mueller reported to the public, which Giuliani has now confirmed could happen. He said he'd like to see the report right after Mueller's team finishes it because "they're not God, after all. They could be wrong."

Giuliani also responded to the announcement that Trump's former lawyer would testify before Congress next month, calling it a "big deal!," per The Hill. He went on to say former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort shouldn't have shared 2016 polling data with a suspected Russian operative, as Mueller apparently alleges, but added "there's nothing criminal about it." Kathryn Krawczyk

December 20, 2018

Rudy Giuliani always knows how to clarify a confusing situation.

President Trump's attorney told CNBC on Thursday that he has an even better idea than Trump's proposed border wall. Why not just beef up border security?

"I don't see the magic in a wall, as long as there's some form of improved barrier that picks up penetration," he said. A physical wall might not be the best strategy, he suggested, contrary to what Trump has been saying for years.

"I could build a wall for him with long-range cameras and security," continued Giuliani. "He needs something. I think he'd compromise if he got most of what he wanted." A compromise is exactly what lawmakers are looking for as an imminent government shutdown hinges on whether Trump will accept a federal spending bill that doesn't include $5 billion for a border wall.

Giuliani's offer to improve security with amped up technology and general funding was pretty far from on-message — Democrats have offered exactly that, suggesting around $1.6 billion could go toward increased border security, instead of a wall. Trump's attorney clarified that he hadn't conferred with the president and was speaking for himself. He did not comment on whether his security firm, Giuliani Security & Safety, would be willing to construct Trump's newly-conceived "steel slats." Read more at CNBC. Summer Meza

May 16, 2018

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

May 16, 2018

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

December 30, 2016

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

November 4, 2016

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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