Trump Legal Team Should Be Allowed to Correct Mueller's Final Report - Giuliani

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2019

"As far as we're concerned, everything is over", Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of Mr. Trump's attorneys and a former New York City mayor, told Reuters on Wednesday.

The reporter also clarified, as per the Times' report, that the investigation was later taken on by Mueller when he was appointed in the days following Comey's firing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether US President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, The New York Times reported yesterday. While a potential obstruction of justice charge has already been reported, the detail of Trump as a target of counterintelligence is being made public for the first time. Now the conversation is about what Manafort did WHILE he was serving as the top official of Trump's campaign.

The investigation - a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe - was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the Times said, citing anonymous sources.

President Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

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The counterintelligence investigation was ultimately opened after Trump publicly discussed Comey's firing, suggesting it was because of the Russian Federation probe.

"As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you - so we can correct it if they're wrong", said Giuliani, a member of Trump's personal legal team.

Mueller is believed to be preparing his final report on the Russian Federation investigation, though there's no timeline on when it will be released.

Cohen will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russian Federation.

Mueller's final report can be finished within months and Giuliani is hoping he can use executive privilege to get his hands on it before the public.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

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