Former New York City mayor-turned-top Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had some tough words for the Special Counsel late Saturday, telling ABC News that if Robert Mueller tries to compel the President to testify, the President’s team will take Mueller to court.
“If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we’re going to court,” Giuliani said.
Appearing on the Sunday morning talk shows, Giuliani continued to insist that there would be consequences for a Trump subpoena, telling ABC’s “This Week” that federal prosecutors have “everything they need” to handle an investigation into whether Russia colluded with members of the Trump campaign to direct the 2016 presidential election, and that an interview with President Trump would be “unnecessary.”
On Meet the Press, Giuliani reiterated his threat, telling NBC that it is “pretty clear” that President Trump can “terminate” Mueller’s probe at any time, though the President would likely pay a political price for doing so.
Giuliani’s press tour comes on the heels of revelations printed in The New York Times that the President’s legal team issued a 20-page letter to Mueller’s investigators in January (before Giuliani joined the team), arguing against a subpoena for the President, and explaining that the President, by virtue of his position, could not obstruct justice in the Russia probe.
“It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired,” the letter reads.
Giuliani told ABC’s George Stephonopoulos that Mueller did not respond to the letter, and that the President currently has no plans to pardon himself or anyone else implicated in Mueller’s probe, though he likely has the power.