Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “should step up and dismiss” the Russia investigation because special counsel Robert Mueller has overstepped his mandate.
Donald Trump says he wants loyalty. In February 2016, Jeff Sessions was the first senator to come out in support of Donald Trump’s presidential bid. For a senator who was already widely criticized outside of his home state of Alabama for charges of racism, discrimination, and voter suppression; many considered a Trump endorsement political suicide at the time. Sessions however, was rewarded for his early loyalty with the office of Attorney General when Trump came into the presidency. Fast forward to July 2017 — Trump is down playing that crucial endorsement and publicly questioning his Attorney General’s competency and loyalty.
“This plays into what my client, the president of the United States, has been saying for quite some time,” Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, told Jeanine Pirro on Fox News. “The judge said this is a witch hunt in sum and substance.”
Giuliani was referring to the U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in Virginia who scolded Mueller’s investigators Friday for prosecuting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to get him “to sing” about Trump.
“Attorney General Sessions should step up and dismiss this entire investigation,” Giuliani said.
The former mayor’s interview came after a week in which Giuliani made conflicting statements to Fox News about a $130,000 payment made by Trump attorney Michael Cohen to adult-film star Stormy Daniels about an alleged affair she had with the president in 2006.
“The president of the United States did not in any way violate the campaign-finance law,” Giuliani told Pirro.
“Every campaign finance expert, Republican or Democrat, will tell you that if it was for another purpose other than just campaigns — and even if it was the campaign purposes.
“If it was to save his family, to save embarrassment, it’s not a campaign donation.
“Even if it was a campaign donation, the president reimbursed it fully with a payment of $35,000 a month to pay for that and other expenses,” he said. “Case over.
“That case should be dismissed by the Southern District of New York, at least with regard to President Trump.”
After two days of conflicting statements, Trump told reporters Friday that Giuliani, who joined his legal team last month, would soon “get his facts straight.”
“The facts, I’m still learning,” the former federal prosecutor told Pirro. “There are 1.2 million documents.
“I have been in the case for two weeks, virtually one day in comparison to other people.
“I’m not an expert on the facts yet.
“I am an expert on the law — and the fact is there is no way there is a campaign-finance violation,” Giuliani said.
“Nor was it a loan. It was an expenditure.
“This would have been made whether he was or wasn’t running for president,” he reiterated.
Giuliani said he backed Judge Ellis’ decision to scold Mueller’s team for overstepping their mandate by prosecuting Manafort in hopes of turning him against President Trump.
Ellis, 77, was appointed to the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.
“The only crimes committed here were committed by the government, which is why Judge Ellis is so outraged,” Giuliani told Pirro.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t dismiss this case.
“He has a right to determine that, by government misconduct, they have changed this case.
“I believe in my heart that the Supreme Court will decide that,” he added.
“I think Judge Ellis probably is tough enough and strong enough to decide that himself.”