Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he no longer believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion is legitimate.
Giuliani told CNN’s Dana Bash that he thought the probe was legitimate before joining Trump’s legal team. However, seeing scandals like “Spygate” and former FBI director James Comey leaking his memos to the press made him believe that the impetus for the investigation was illegitimate.
“You get the Comey thing, which is a leak of a confidential memo, which is illegal for an FBI official to do, and that becomes the basis for appointing Mueller,” Giuliani explained. “I’m not saying Mueller is illegitimate, I’m saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate.”
“So you think the Mueller probe is legitimate?” Bash asked for clarification.
“Not anymore,” he responded. “I don’t. I did when I came in but now I see Spygate…”
Bash interjected to say that Spygate happened before Mueller was appointed, to which Giuliani argued, “but it has to inform the decision to appoint Mueller — either it’s evidence or not.”