Giuliani: Mueller Is Trying to 'Trap' Trump Into Perjury

If a meeting does occur, it should take 'two or three hours'
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2018 3:47 PM CDT
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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, in Bedminster, N.J.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – New Trump legal team member Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that the president may not sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller and that if he does, he should not be under oath, reports USA Today. "What they’re really trying to do is trap him into perjury, and we’re not suckers,” the former NYC mayor said Thursday morning on Fox & Friends. The remarks came less than a day after Giuliani’s bombshell interview with Fox host Sean Hannity, in which Giuliani said President Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for “hush money” paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. Giuliani’s statement follows four months of negotiations between the Mueller and Trump teams that have included talk of a subpoena if Trump refuses to testify in the special counsel probe into Russian interference with the 2016 US election.

Giuliani also said that any interview with Trump should be limited in time. “They should be able to do this, if they have a case, in two or three hours,” Giuliani said during a series of media interviews Thursday, as reported in the Washington Post. But Giuliani also said, per Fox, that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should shut the probe down entirely as it has uncovered no evidence of collusion with the Russians. Trump has said in the past that he would be willing to be interviewed by Mueller, but he lately appears to be walking back some of those statements. Per the Post, some of Trump’s advisers worry that open-ended questions from Mueller could result in "meandering" answers from Trump that lead to accusations of perjury. In the Hannity interview Wednesday night, Giuliani said "the odds are [Trump] wouldn't be interviewed" by Mueller, but he added, "I don't close my mind to it."

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