Giuliani’s Reaction to Mueller Report Summary: ‘This Is a Complete and Absolute Victory’
Attorney for president weighed in about 'phony charge'
Speaking about Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — which found no evidence, after nearly two years of investigation, of any collusion between President Donald Trump or his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 election season — Rudy Giuliani said bluntly on Sunday on the Fox News Channel, “The president is absolutely correct to be very, very upset.”
“I mean, this is a horrible thing,” he added. “It is the president of the United States. It is a very tough man — but it is absolutely definitive that he was being investigated for a crime that never happened. There was never any collusion. I can tell you that because I was on that [presidential] campaign.”
Trump tweeted hundreds of times that he did not collude with Russians amid almost constant allegations from the mainstream media and political figures over the past two years or more — so the moment amounted to vindication.
Although Mueller said his report did not “exonerate” Trump on obstruction, Barr wrote that the “report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the special counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public.”
“One of the reasons I’ve been so passionate [about this] is I know there was no collusion,” Giuliani also said on Sunday in an interview with chief national correspondent Ed Henry and Dana Perino of “The Daily Briefing.” “I’ve known this is a phony charge from the very beginning. And we put the United States through this, with all these exaggerated statements from these Democrat politicians, that they have evidence that he colluded — where is this evidence? The president has told me numerous times, ‘No other president should ever have to go through this.’ I think there has to be a full and complete investigation with at least as much enthusiasm as this one, to figure out where did this charge emanate, who started it, and who paid for it.”
Giuliani also told the Fox News team, “This is a complete and absolute victory.”
He said that the report — nearly two years in the making — indicates there was “absolutely no collusion by anyone in the Trump campaign. So you have to wonder, Why did this investigation start in the first place?” He added that “second,” this shows there was “no obstruction.”
The former mayor of New York City had a message for Democrats who potentially might try to find grounds for impeachment.
“I would just say to them, Please think about the country, no matter how much you like or dislike the president or agree or disagree with his policies or his conduct. He is the president. He has been unfairly treated with regard to collusion. Certainly they have to see that.”
“All of what they’re trying to do now is completely political. I hope some of them — I mean, I put out a tweet saying I hope that [Rep. Adam] Schiff [of California] and a couple of the others apologize for their overstate[ments]. Maybe we can get back to normal. I don’t imagine that’s going to happen.”
“But, look, the defense [against] impeachment is 50 percent of the American people think that the investigation was a witch hunt.”
Rep. Schiff said there was significant evidence of collusion. Did he forget to give it to Mueller? We know there are no indictments of any Americans for affecting the 2016 election. I’m willing to wait if Rep. Schiff will apologize when that is reported officially to Congress . https://t.co/ZLIRBinzw2
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) March 24, 2019
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 24, 2019
Now that Mueller says there was no collusion, it is time to scrutinize the Obama Administration. They spied on a US campaign, wiretapped Americans, bit on the dossier and unmasked Flynn. What did Barack Obama know and what and when did he authorize it?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) March 24, 2019
A great day for America and for President @realDonaldTrump. After two years of wild anti-Trump hysteria, the President and his millions of supporters have been completely vindicated.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 24, 2019
👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽I'm not happy today–I'm furious–and so should all Americans who believe in justice. Being found not guilty of a malicious prosecution, is a phyrric victory. What about the false accusers? The collusion truthers? The Democrat defamers? Where's our justice for those frauds? https://t.co/ji0nE5m8iR
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) March 24, 2019
Now that the Russia conspiracy is officially debunked, time for media to focus on the stories they refused to report b/c of their Russia collusion obsession: 1. Our incredible blue collar recovery 2. Economic gains for minorities 3. America energy independence! 4.Crushing ISIS
— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) March 24, 2019
Giuliani also said on Fox News that he had “great respect” for special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I certainly think one of the reasons this is a complete vindication [of President Trump] is this report from the special counsel emerges from a group of enormously partisan, rabid Hillary Clinton supporters. I can’t imagine how Bob hired such a biased staff,” he said.
“These are people who were not just neutrals or just Democrats or just Republicans. These are people who are very, very active political activists for Hillary Clinton. One of them was the lawyer [for] the Clinton Foundation.”
“That’s absurd,” he also said. “This report is even more of an exoneration because it comes from completely the other side.”
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