In a brief statement to reporters outside the White House, President Trump was able to flip the script on the Russian investigation and questions concerning Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani. In answering a pair of questions, Trump even managed to burn former opponent Hillary Clinton.
“Rudy’s a great guy, but he just started a day ago,” Trump said. “He has his heart into it [and] he’s learning the subject matter. He knows it’s a witch hunt, that’s what he knows. He’s seen a lot of them. And he said he’s never seen anything so horrible.”
Incoming Hillary burn in 3… 2… 1…
“As an example, 33,000 emails requested by Congress with a subpoena and they get burned, they get deleted. And no one says anything? Give me a break.”
Check out the burn:
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 4, 2018
Trump wasn’t done there.
“The problem is you have a group of investigators who say I am not a target, and I am not a target. But you have a group of investigators that are all Democrats, in some cases they went to the Hillary Clinton celebration, which turned out to be a funeral – so you have all these investigators that are Democrats.”
Trump: “I would love to speak” to Bob Mueller pic.twitter.com/raCQOGehgA
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 4, 2018
President Trump, while he initially has left the Russia investigation for his lawyers to handle, is beginning to take a more active role. On Thursday, Trump shared that money paid to Stormy Daniels for silence over an alleged affair was not paid via campaign funds, but rather money paid by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Trump reimbursed the lawyer via a retainer. The comments were made after months of near silence concerning the issue.
The president talked about a potential interview with Mueller as well, hinting that he may “override” his lawyers in meeting with Mueller.
“I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me… because we’ve done nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters at the White House, per Reuters. “But I have to find a way to be treated fairly. If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyer.”
While the president is showing – and has shown – a willingness to meet with Mueller, Trump’s legal team could be faced with a subpoena.
As ABC News reports, Giuliani recently said he is preparing for a 50 percent chance for Trump to face a subpoena from Mueller’s investigation:
As Rudy Giuliani enters the center ring of the legal fight between President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, the former New York City mayor is already anticipating one possible battle – a subpoena for President Trump to testify. “I think it’s 50/50,” Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, told ABC News regarding the possibility of a subpoena. “But I got to prepare for that 50 percent.”
As ABC News confirmed earlier this week, the president’s legal team was told by Mueller he could “compel” the president to testify before a grand jury via a subpoena. As Ty Cobb steps down from his position as White House counsel handling the Russia probe for the presidency, his replacement, Emmet Flood, has been through battles like this before. “I think Emmet was brought in because he represented Clinton during their subpoena battle and knows a great deal about it,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani already believes he’s settled one case. The mayor argues that with the information now out about how the president reimbursed Michael Cohen for his payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, that case no longer has implications that campaign finance laws were violated.
“I think the investigation with him [Cohen] largely fell apart, with the loss of the campaign finance possible violation which never existed in the first place, but they sure thought it did,” Giuliani told ABC News Thursday night in a phone interview, adding that his client, President Trump, has nothing to worry about in this matter.