Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he will make a request that will lead to the end of the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
Here’s what he’s planning
Giulani is calling for a review from the Department of Justice of the documents that led to the opening of Mueller’s investigation, and believes that this will reinvigorate the accusation that the probe was illegitimate and should be ended.
Giuliani, who is one of Trump’s defense lawyers, spoke to the Associated Press about his claim that accusations of “spying” on the Trump campaign may delegitimize Mueller’s investigation.
“If the spying was inappropriate,” he said. that means we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation.”
“Coupled with Comey’s illegally leaked memos,” Giuliani explained, “this means the whole thing was a mistake and should never have happened.”
“We’d urge the Justice Department to re-evaluate, to acknowledge they made a mistake,” he added. “It’s a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers’ money. The whole thing is already a waste of money.”
Competing narratives on the spying informant
The president and his allies have repeated the claim that former officials in the Obama administration authorized a “spy” to infiltrated the Trump campaign and gather information for illegal political purposes.
“Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign,” tweeted Trump of the former Director of National Intelligence. “Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal.”
Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
“Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history,” he added. “SPYGATE – a terrible thing!”
Clapper vehemently denied the president’s characterization of his comments, saying that he did not admit that a “spy” was sent to gather information on the Trump campaign. Clapper has also claimed that he knows the Russian interference in the 2016 election led to Trump’s victory.
“What motivated putting him in?” asked Giuliani of the informant. “What sort of information were they seeking from him? What did they get?”
“They clearly did not get incriminating information or we’d have found out about it by now,” he reasoned. “And why did they hide it for so long? There’s a big concealment that went on here for over a year since the president said he had been surveilled.”