Rudy Giuliani: Robert Mueller will finish obstruction inquiry on Trump by September 1
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, says the special counsel plans to end their investigation into whether Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry on Sept. 1.
“You don’t want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election,” Giuliani told The New York Times in reference to the 2018 midterm elections. "We want the concentration of this to be on Comey versus the president’s credibility, and I think we win that and people get that."
Former FBI director James Comey's memos eventually led to the appointment of Mueller who is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice and tried to intervene in the investigation into Russian collusion.
President Trump sent out a tweet in reference to Mueller investigation on Sunday morning.
Trump said, "Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party. Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier!"
Giuliani also tells The New York Times that he is still negotiating terms and details for a potential interview between Mueller and Trump. The former mayor of New York says Trump is willing to talk to investigators in order to prove there is no evidence of collusion with the Russians.
He anticipates President Trump will be free for questioning around Independence Day as he continues to prepare for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
If Mueller's examination into obstruction ended on Sept. 1, it would not be the end of his overall investigation. Mueller would continue to look into how Russia interfered with the 2016 election - the obstruction inquiry is only one facet of his investigation.