Rudy Giuliani: Mueller ‘has to be winding down’

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Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller “might be at the end” of his investigation into Russian interference after his prosecutors won a conviction against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight of 18 counts.

“He has to be winding down. What else is there? Near the end,” Giuliani told the Post from a golf course in Scotland.

Giuliani has frequently floated deadlines in the Mueller investigation without any indication that the special counsel is close to finishing his work. Giuliani has said multiple times that Mueller plans to finish his investigation by Sept. 1, but the special counsel has not commented publicly on the matter.

Mueller on Tuesday requested that sentencing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn be pushed back to Sept. 17, an indication that Mueller’s work will extend into the fall. Flynn pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI as part of the special counsel’s investigation.

Giuliani added on Wednesday that the president’s legal team is considering its options in the wake of Michael Cohen pleading guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance law violations in a New York City court. Cohen testified that he violated campaign finance laws at the direction of a candidate for federal office, implicating President Trump.

Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney, did not refer to Trump by name during the proceedings, but his comments match the accounts of payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women have said they were paid to remain quiet about alleged affairs with the president from more than a decade ago.

Giuliani told the Post that Trump’s lawyers are looking into the possibility of releasing audio of some of Cohen’s conversations with reporters about the payments, which he believes would contradict Cohen’s testimony.

In the early stages of the investigation into Cohen’s behavior, Giuliani defended him as an “honorable lawyer” and said he had “no concerns” about the president’s former fixer talking with investigators.

He has since reversed course, slamming him as a “pathological liar” and arguing Tuesday’s guilty plea reflects a pattern of dishonesty.

Source: The Hill

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