Trump's Lead Attorney Tells Mueller To Shut Up, Tries To Change Subject
President Donald Trump has reportedly been in a very dark place since Michael Cohen revealed last week that Trump knew about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians before they happened, despite over two years of blanket denials from Trump himself and the campaign.
Now - this morning - things got heated on Twitter with Trump sending off a flurry of tweets condemning Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, tensions that were reportedly set off after it was learned that Mueller is wanting to interrogate Trump about obstruction of justice charges.
Trump doesn't want anything to do with it. And, we don't blame him - any questions from Mueller can't be good for the president, not if he's in a position where he's still thinking he needs to ask him based on the evidence he's collected so far.
So - with all that - Trump's lead attorney, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is now saying that Mueller needs to 'put up or shut up.'
Trump is ramping up the pressure on Mueller, and while he can't fire him, he thinks politically and legally this is his best move now, since charges from Mueller might be forth coming. They want to get out ahead of all the damage likely coming the White House's way.
Here's what Giuliani said on Wednesday:
"We believe that the [Mueller] investigation should be brought to a close," Giuliani told reporters. "We think they’re at the end of it. They should render their report."
"I mean, I guess if we were playing poker, we'd say 'put up or shut up,' " he continued. "What do you got?"
"We have every reason to believe they don’t have anything," Giuliani said Wednesday. "I don’t think they have any evidence he did anything wrong."
“We believe the investigation should be brought to a close … Put up or shut up,” President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani says about the Russia investigation pic.twitter.com/ifiKybi01r— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 1, 2018
A meeting between Trump and Mueller's office to answer questions has not been finalized, even after all these months, but Mueller did indicate that he's willing to let the president answer some questions in writing, while he wants others done in person.
What Giuliani doesn't say is that he and Trump's legal team are flat-out refusing to agree to an interview, and they are the ones stalling the process.
Giuliani just echoed Trump's calls on Twitter where he merely "voiced his opinion that Sessions should end this investigation." That's how Press Secretary Sarah Sanders puts it, anyhow. In reality, Trump flat-out said in a public forum in front of millions that Sessions needs to find out a way to drop this investigation into his campaign.
"This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further," Trump tweeted. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"Regardless of how you assess the president's words, the investigation is continuing, and Mueller shows no signs of giving up yet. So far, Mueller and his team have received guilty pleas from 32 individuals, including four former Trump aides.