Giuliani: DOJ Briefings Could Hasten Trump-Mueller Interview ‘Considerably’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Latest appointee to President Donald Trump's legal team and former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani takes questions from the media after speaking at the Conference on Iran on May 5, 20... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Latest appointee to President Donald Trump's legal team and former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani takes questions from the media after speaking at the Conference on Iran on May 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Over one thousand delegates from representing Iranian communities from forty states attends the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 25, 2018 7:08 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s outside lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he thinks that the pair of Thursday DOJ briefings on the FBI informant could significantly speed up arrangement of an interview between Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a Thursday Politico report.

“We want to see how the briefing went today and how much we learned from it,” Giuliani told Politico. “If we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably.”

Giuliani also gave his two cents about Democrats’ concern that White House representatives—Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump lawyer Emmett Flood—were included in the second briefing with congressional leaders, a break with precedent.

“I’d assume they’ll be very careful we don’t get information we shouldn’t get,” he told Politico, specifically referencing the FBI informant. “I don’t want the guy’s identity. I don’t want classified information. What I need to know is, ‘What’s the basis for their doing it?’ Most important, ‘What did the informant produce?'”

He reportedly added that he had given the President a 30-minute crash course on the most recent developments in the Trump-Russia probe Wednesday evening at the Palace Hotel in New York where a Republican campaign event was happening.

“His mood was excellent,” Giuliani told Politico. “He feels we’re on offense now.”

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