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November 20, 2018

Rudy Giuliani says canceling of Kim Jong Un meeting gives Trump team more time to ‘scope out’ Mueller sitdown

May 27, 2018
“This gives us more time now to scope out whether he should do it,” Rudy Giuliani said. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump’s top lawyer sees the positives of the scuttling of the summit with North Korea’s leader.

Rudy Giuliani told the Daily News on Thursday that he believes the cancellation could help Trump’s legal team in its negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller.




“This gives us more time now to scope out whether he should do it,” Giuliani said.

The former New York City mayor had backpedaled a day earlier on whether the President should sit down for an interview with Mueller, saying he was suddenly open to the prospect after dismissing it only 24 hours earlier.

Trump cancelled the anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today.
Trump cancelled the anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Giuliani expressed reservations about the “conditions” that would have to be met for Trump to consent to an interview, but affirmed the President and his legal team won’t completely stonewall the special counsel.

He said Thursday Trump’s lawyers are still working out how an interview would be handled.

“We’re working on all of the different conditions,” he added.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. (Yuri Gripas/REUTERS)

But the 73-year-old former federal prosecutor said he’s taking a “wait-and-see” approach to Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin as the dust from the squashed Singapore summit with North Korea settles.

Giuliani said a few weeks ago that he hoped to have a final decision about whether Trump would interview with Mueller before the Singapore trip.

Trump’s attorney insisted that any potential interview would have to take place after the summit because such a sitdown could make the President appear vulnerable, which would not be appropriate heading into high stakes talks with Kim.

“It’s hard to say how it will play out because the North Koreans could be posturing, but we’re continuing to do our job and we’re doing what’s right for our client,” Giuliani said.




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