The president’s legal team is “leaning toward not” recommending he participate in an interview with the group investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Rudy Giuliani, a member of the team, said Sunday.
While the decision whether to testify before Robert Mueller’s team is ultimately up to President Donald Trump, Giuliani said the legal team will likely recommend that he not speak with investigators. Trump has said he wants to appear; his legal team has argued he can’t be compelled to testify.
“We’re leaning toward not. But look, if they can convince us that it will be brief, it would be to the point, there were five or six points they have to clarify, and with that, we can get this long nightmare for the American public over,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
If Trump is subpoenaed to testify, Giuliani said he would urge the president to appear but that he would claim that Trump’s testimony is unnecessary.
“We’ll say, hey, you got everything you need, you got 1.4 million documents, you have 28 witnesses. The president’s given every explanation and corrected some that were mis-impressions. You’ve got everything you need, what — what do you need us for?” Giuliani said.
Giuliani said that with recent pardons, the president is not sending a signal to those involved in the Russia investigation that he will support them, and he said that while the president could legally pardon himself, the “political ramifications of that would be tough.”
“He has no intention of pardoning himself but … [that’s] not to say he can’t,” he said.