Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reversed course on the advice he was giving to President Trump about whether to honor the request from special counsel Robert Mueller to answer questions for his investigation into Russian interference.
Here’s what Giuliani said
“I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy,” Giuliani said to the Washington Post.
“The safe course you hear every lawyer say is ‘don’t do the interview,’ and that’s easy to say in the abstract,” he explained. “That’s much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed.”
Originally, Giuliani had said publicly that he didn’t believe Trump needed to honor the request from the special counsel. Giuliani was instrumental in the negotiations between the president and the special counsel’s legal team for the questioning.
“Maybe you guys are right”
Giuliani indicated to the Washington Post that the president has vacillated on whether to follow his legal team’s advice about the request from Mueller.
“There have been a few days where he says, ‘Maybe you guys are right,’” Giuliani said, “Then he goes right back to, ‘Why shouldn’t I?’”
Guiliani also said that the president was not looking to fire Attorney General Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or special counsel Mueller.
“I don’t think he is going to make changes,” Giuliani said. “I wouldn’t advise it.”
More recently some have been speculating that Trump would refuse the request and force Mueller to issue a subpoena. Fox News’ Judge Napolitano opined that Trump would not be forced to answer the subpoena according to some legal experts. But if a federal court then issued a direct order for Trump to appear, Napolitano said Trump would spark a constitutional crisis by refusing.