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which is now in its 20th month.
"As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you – so we can correct it if they're wrong," said the former New York City mayor, who is on Ember of Trump's personal legal team. They were not God, after all. They were wrong. "
In the wide-ranging interview, Giuliani made Michael Cohen's triumph – Trump's former
"Big deal!" Giuliani exclaimed sarcastically.
So, downplayed this week's revelation that Paul ManafortMueller met with Trump campaign pollster, former Manafort associate: CNN Trump denies knowing Manafort shared polling data with Russian associate Mnuchin to brief House committee chiefs on sanctions relief MORE allegedly shared opinion poll data during the 2016 campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian citizen who had worked with Manafort in Ukraine and is sus Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU.
"Should he have done it? No. But there's nothing criminal about it, "Giuliani said.
It's the assertion that Trump's legal representatives should have allowed Mueller's report that carries the most profound implications, however.
Up to now, speculation has focused on the Muller's final report in the final report
Giuliani repeated that claim in a 20-minute phone interview correcting purported factual errors.
The question of whether or not Mueller wants to have his job done without undue interference is already at the heart of the debate be attorney general, William Barr, should be confirmed.
Republicans have insisted that Barr wants to behave properly but Democrat s are dubious. Barr, they note, submitted an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department last year in which he raised concern about "over-zealous prosecutors" investigating the president.
Even Giuliani admitted that he would have a tough relationship with Mueller's final report to win in the court of public opinion, irrespective of its legal merits.
"Yes it is, sure. I acknowledge that, "he said.
Legal experts were skeptical of his claims.
" I do not believe that Mueller would unless anything was so wrong, correct something, "said Mark Zaid, a DC based attorney who specializes in national security and whistleblower cases, and has represented clients from both parties.
Zaid also pointed to arguments made by Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general during President Obama's administration. In a Twitter thread Wednesday, Katyal was out of the public domain to leave the Mueller report out of the public domain.
"He wants to loose the public's right to know, "Katyal wrote.
Giuliani repeatedly stressed the importance of protecting executive privilege, however.
" Before it goes to Congress. We have a reserved privilege and a right to assert it.
Mueller could issue his report in the next couple of months.
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At the same time, the grand jury has been empowered by Mueller for just six months, suggesting a longer time frame is possible.
Giuliani said he had no idea when Mueller had completed his job, but he has grown increasingly impatient with the pace of the trial.
He underlined that sentiment in the phone interview, saying that "someone should Muller "puts up or shuts up."
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On the Manafort matter, Giuliani insisted that there was nothing criminal in the former President's actions, however ill-judged they might have been.
" There is no legal protection of polling data. You can give it to anyone. Campaigns leak polling data all the time, "he said.
Manafort had the wanted to report it to the New York Times Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin.
Regarding Cohen's testimony, which will take place amid intense media attention, Trump earlier told Thursday told reporters, "I'm
Giuliani expressed a similar insouciance.
"I have no conscience about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar," he said.
Trump and Giuliani in the past praised Cohen, even while he was under investigation.
Giuliani continues to assert Trump's innocence of all the suggestions of criminal wrongdoing.
The legal probes and media coverage around them are unfair to the president, he insisted.
"This is a joke, a total mockery of the system that only happens because 75 percent of the press has Trump," he said.