Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor now leading President Donald Trump’s legal team, has been using frequent appearances on American television to make his case for the president to the domestic audience.
On Wednesday, he used an appearance in Israel to declare that the ongoing investigation into “Russian collusion” by special counsel Robert Mueller is aimed at hanging a crime on Trump where none has been committed.
And Giuliani didn’t mince his words.
According to The Associated Press, Giuliani told an economic conference in Tel Aviv that Mueller’s probe is tainted by politics.
The team includes “13 highly partisan Democrats … trying very, very hard to frame (Trump) to get him in trouble when he hasn’t done anything wrong,” Giuliani said.
On social media, Giuliani’s remarks generated a storm of angry comments from apparent liberals who thought the Russia investigation is proceeding as it should.
But Giuliani’s words aren’t the first time the makeup of the Mueller investigation team has come under fire.
In February, The Daily Caller published a look at the lawyers working for the special counsel and found the partisan affiliation was almost entirely Democrat.
Mueller himself is a Republican and was appointed FBI director by Republican President George W. Bush in 2001, but his office is a different story.
As The Daily Caller reported:
- None of the 16 lawyers known to work for special counsel Robert Mueller are registered Republicans.
- There are 13 registered Democrats on the investigation and three lawyers with no party affiliation.
- Campaign finance records reveal that 11 lawyers are Democratic donors.
And Trump himself has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.”
Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
But the fact that Giuliani was apparently comfortable launching an overt accusation against the special counsel’s office, in person and overseas, is likely to mean an already-heated relationship between Trump’s legal team and the “Russian collusion” investigators is going to get hotter as the summer goes on.
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