Giuliani Calls Mueller Probe 'Illegitimate': 'Our Jury ... Is The American People'

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to CNN

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to CNN

President Donald Trump's legal team would advise that he refuse to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller unless the team can review classified information shared with select lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling, Trump's personal lawyer said Sunday.

As Giuliani acknowledged the political nature of his public campaign against Mueller, Trump advanced that campaign on Twitter, lamenting what he said were "young and lovely lives" "devastated and destroyed" by the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"Of course we have to do it, in defending the president", Giuliani said Sunday.

"This is not an accident", Bash continued.

"He is adamant in wanting to do it, but we're more convinced as we see it that this is a rigged investigation", Mr. Giuliani said.

Trump in recent days has ratcheted up his attacks against the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI. Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE (R-Fla.) in his own Sunday show appearances defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, though he did not directly answer questions on ABC as to whether Trump's claims about an informant were false.

"We've got a briefing, we've got Congress involved", Giuliani said. "We didn't do that, they're doing it". Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: Trump should worry less about Chinese jobs and more about national security WikiLeaks's Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff "there was no collusion" Schiff on Trump's "spygate" claims: He is asserting an imagined world is real MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "This Week".

Rudy Giuliani said that should Mueller's investigators seek a court order to compel the president to testify, Trump's lawyers would fight such a subpoena all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. And so our jury - and it should be - is the American people.

That strategy, of discrediting the investigation and blurring the lines of criminal behavior, was on display elsewhere in the interview.

Giuliani also defended Trump's demands for a briefing on the previously confidential informant used by the FBI, saying he "has every right to know as Commander-in-Chief", and since the "investigation revealed nothing new, to us that's exculpatory, should be very easy to brief us". "This came as a surprise to me, to the President, and to the top four or five people around him".

"Now if you go out to the outer orbit, how do I know what's going on?" he hedged. "I'm not comfortable with it because it's a matter of interpretation, not hard-and-fast true, not true".

When host Dana Bash pointed out Trump's candidacy in the campaign in question makes him the direct subject of the investigation, Giuliani doubled down on Trump's "right to know" and said the revelation of the source "means an investigation we thought was rigged was rigged from the very beginning, it never should have started". "I'm saying the basis on which he was appointed is illegitimate".

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