Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said Friday that Donald Trump should not be subjected to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller because a watchdog review of the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation exposed the special counsel’s separate probe as a "corrupt investigation."
"There should not be an investigation," the former New York mayor, in an interview with the hosts of "Fox and Friends," said of Mueller’s probe into coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. "Mueller should now make a report, everything he has got. No interview of the president. He shouldn’t be bothered with it. Why would he get interviewed in a corrupt investigation?"
In the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General report released Thursday, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his staff found that five FBI employees assigned to the Clinton email case exchanged texts or instant messages that were hostile to Trump or supported Clinton.
In one previously unreleased exchange, agent Peter Strzok – who was deeply involved in both the Clinton email investigation and Mueller’s separate probe of Russian election interference – seemed to vow to block Trump from winning.
Trump’s "not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" FBI attorney Lisa Page asked Strzok via text on August 8, 2016.
"No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it," he replied. The two federal employees were carrying out an extra-marital affair during the campaign.
"The reality is that that kind of disdain shows their incredible liberal, elite bias. Their Democratic elite bias. That spills over to Mueller’s people," Giuliani argued on Friday.
"The attorney general, the deputy attorney general, the appropriate officials in the Justice Department, with Mueller’s consent, should say, ‘Enough is enough,’" he added.
Giuliani previously called on Mueller to put his investigation on hold on Thursday, hours after the IG report’s release.
"Tomorrow, Mueller should be suspended and honest people should be brought in, impartial people to investigate these people like Strzok," he told Fox New host Sean Hannity. "Strzok should be in jail by the end of next week."
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