Rudy Giuliani is supposedly affecting how the Mueller probe is perceived, rather than reflecting widespread skepticism.
Rudy Giuliani is trying to influence perception of the Mueller probe. Who else was doing that before he came along? Here’s a partial list:
- The DNC
- James Brennan
- James Comey
And many more. Of course, these items overlap tremendously. They’re all the deep state.
But I doubt very much that Giuliani is damaging the Mueller probe’s stature in the eyes of the public. They already knew it was a scam operation.
The Associated Press reports, “Giuliani trying to influence perception of Mueller probe.”
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A series of seemingly authoritative assertions in recent weeks about the shape and scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference has helped define it in the public eye, generating countless headlines and cable chyrons about the ongoing saga that has shadowed President Donald Trump’s White House.
But none of those pronouncements about Mueller’s probe were made by Mueller.
They were made by Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, who has used a media blitz to frequently set — and later move — the goalposts of the investigation, making public declarations about the probe to color its perception among voters and lawmakers, all while confident that Mueller will never speak up to correct him.
“Our strategy is: When we weren’t talking, we were losing,” Giuliani told The Associated Press from Israel. “Normally in a criminal or civil investigation, the audience would not be the public. But in this one, it is.”
Among Giuliani’s declarations in the last month: that Mueller’s probe will end by Sept. 1 so as not to affect the midterm elections; that an interview with Trump will be limited and take place only under certain conditions; that prosecutors have ruled out indicting a sitting president.
On Thursday, he shifted expectations yet again, suggesting that Trump would not sit for an interview with investigators unless his legal team gets a firsthand look at the documents generated by an FBI informant who had contacts with the celebrity businessman’s Republican presidential campaign in 2016. Previously, Giuliani had said a briefing on the information would suffice.
The special counsel has not responded to any of those claims. Indeed, Mueller has shown no interest in combating the White House on cable or in print; seemingly, the most consistent line in a story about the probe is “A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment for this article.”
A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment for this article.
I must admit, however, I wish Giuliani could focus on the Mueler probe and not comment on other topics.
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