President Donald Trump’s recently appointed lawyer Rudy Giuliani said POTUS is unlikely to fire people to end the Russia probe because doing so would “look too much like Watergate.”
Speaking in an interview with Fox News Sunday, Giuliani described the ongoing Russia probe as being tainted by the revelation an FBI informant had spoken with members of Trump’s campaign team, but dismissed the idea that people working on the probe would be canned.
“The president’s not going to fire them because that would be playing into the hands, of playing the victim, Watergate,” Giuliani told Fox News Sunday.
“They’re the Watergate. They’re the people who have committed the crimes,” he added.
President Trump himself has previously commented that he has been advised to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, stating back in April that “many people” had suggested he should dismiss Mueller, The Telegraph reported at the time.
However, fellow Republicans urged against a move to dismiss Mueller, drawing similar comparisons to Giuliani’s Sunday comment that doing so would too closely echo Watergate, The Hill reported.
Giuliani was referencing Richard Nixon’s dismissal of Special Counsel Archibald Cox in a move that was labeled the Sunday Night Massacre, due to the resignation of two justice officials who refused to follow Nixon’s orders.
And in the Sunday interview, Giuliani suggested the probe itself had been made illegitimate by news that the FBI’s informant had approached members of his campaign team.
“What we have to do is go to court and seek protection from the court,” Giuliani said on Sunday.
“If we have to do that our first thing is we sure as heck are not going to testify unless this is all straightened out, unless we learn the basis of that Russian investigation.”
He added: “We’re more convinced, as we see it, that this is a rigged investigation. Now we have this whole new ‘Spygate’ thing thrown on top of already legitimate questions.”
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