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No Trump Sit-Down with Mueller, Giuliani Says

Former NYC mayor is telling POTUS 'no way' — he 'shouldn’t be testifying in an investigation that has no legitimacy'

Rudy Giuliani is telling President Donald Trump “no way” for a sit-down interview with Robert Mueller in the special counsel’s probe of allegations of collusion with Russia, the former New York mayor said Monday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.”

“I’m ‘no’ on a sit-down until we get ironed out exactly what [Mueller’s officials] want to do. And then the process is, we have five co-counsel, senior people, we will advise the president. He decides. And he’s always leaned in favor of doing it,” Giuliani said.

“Right now, I’m telling him, ‘No way.’ We’re not going to do it,” Giuliani said, adding that he is telling Trump this as his “lawyer,” not as a “politician.”

“It’s too confusing if you try to be both,” Giuliani said. “And there’s a whole political aspect to this.”

Mueller entered his second year of helming the probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia in May. Speculation surrounding whether or not Trump would sit down with Mueller before the probe wraps up has been ongoing for weeks.

Giuliani said Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that Trump’s legal team was hoping to pin down with Mueller’s team “maybe this week” or “maybe next week” whether Trump can sit down for an interview.

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But Giuliani revealed Monday that the chances Trump will be interviewed by Mueller now are nearly nonexistent.

“I do think the political climate has changed a bit. I think people will understand much better now, and maybe one of the reasons we re-emphasized the point about the legitimacy of the investigation is we want to show that maybe [Trump] shouldn’t be testifying in an investigation that has no legitimacy,” Giuliani said.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to rail against and expand upon Mueller’s “conflicts of interest” in investigating the president and his campaign.

“Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & [former FBI Director James] Comey is his close friend,” Trump wanted to know.

“Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary [Clinton], others, including himself, have worked for [Barack] Obama … And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side — Podesta, Dossier?” Trump asked.

Although Trump has hinted at allegations of “conflicts of interest” before, Sunday’s tweet expanded on those vague claims a bit more.

Trump and his supporters have long accused FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators of exhibiting anti-Trump and pro-Clinton biases while investigating the president and his campaign, along with Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state.

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The president has also taken issue with the revelation that FBI officials used the anti-Trump dossier funded by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to renew surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!” Trump also tweeted Sunday.

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