Giuliani calls on Sessions and Rosenstein to shut down Mueller investigation

Giuliani calls on Sessions and Rosenstein to shut down Mueller investigation

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By Luis Sanchez, thehill.com

 

Former New York City Mayor and new member of President Trump's legal team Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"He never expected this from Jeff," Giuliani told Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday night. "The two of them can redeem themselves, Sessions and Rosenstein, they should order the investigation over."

Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, is overseeing the probe because Sessions recused himself.

"To watch this happen under a man I love, Jeff Sessions, I just feel bad. I know the president is heartbroken over this," Giuliani said.

But Giuliani said Sessions and Rosenstein are unlikely to shut down the investigation.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump threatened to "get involved" in a dispute between House Republicans and Rosenstein after it was revealed that Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus had drafted articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.

The president has downplayed the possibility that he would fire either Mueller, Rosenstein or Sessions but has reportedly not ruled it out.

Trump has reportedly wanted to fire Mueller in the past but changed his mind after White House counsel threatened to quit.

Giuliani, who Trump recently hired to help represent him in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, made a number of inflammatory remarks in his interview with Hannity.

Most notably, he told the Fox News host that Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen gave adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement meant to prevent Daniels from speaking about her alleged affair with Trump.

It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation. They funneled through a law firm and the president repaid it," Giuliani said.

"He didn't know about the specifics of it as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this," he added.

Cohen has admitted to making the payment, but has said it was made with money out of his own pocket.

Trump said Cohen had represented him in the arrangement with Daniels during an interview with "Fox & Friends," but that he was unaware of the payment.

Trump told reporters earlier this year that he didn't know about the payment made to Daniels.