When Donald Trump wants to lawyer up, he doesn’t fool around. And now that the Mueller investigation has kicked into high gear over stuff it wasn’t even supposed to be investigating in the first place, he’s brought in a old friend from good ol’ Gotham.
According to the New York Post, Rudy Giuliani — the former presidential candidate and mayor of New York City during 9/11 — will be joining the president’s legal team and hopes to put an end to Mueller’s intrusions in “a week or two.”
Giuliani joins Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow on the legal team dealing with Mueller.
For those of you who didn’t grow up or live in New York City before Giuliani was mayor, this move might seem a bit strange to you. However, Giuliani made his name as a tough-as-nails federal prosecutor, aggressively going after the mob in an era where doing so risked ending up with your bullet-riddled remains in the trunk of a ’78 Chrysler Cordoba abandoned on the Cross-Bronx Expressway.
In other words, the guy has guts. Whether that translates to success, at least in this case, remains to be seen.
“I’m going to join the legal team to try to bring this to a resolution,” Giuliani told the New York Post. “The country deserves it.
“I’ve got great admiration for President Trump. I’ve had a long relationship with Bob Mueller. I have great respect for him. He’s done a good job.”
That’s the thing that might help Giuliani more than guts. When Rudy was mayor of the country’s largest city, Robert Mueller was head of the FBI.
Given the fact that the two worked closely together over 9/11, they certainly have rapport.
“I don’t know yet what’s outstanding,” Giuliani said. “But I don’t think it’s going to take more than a week or two to get a resolution. They’re almost there.”
“I’m going to ask Mueller, ‘What do you need to wrap it up?’” he added.
Giuliani’s hiring came after the lead attorney in the Russia probe, John Dowd, resigned last month.
“I love the president and I wish him well,” Dowd said.
Giuliani was an ardent supporter of President Trump during the 2016 campaign season.
“What I did for New York City, Donald Trump will do for America,” the former mayor said at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland back in 2016.
“I have known Donald Trump for almost 30 years. And he has created and accomplished great things. But beyond that, this is a man with a big heart. Every time New York City suffered a tragedy, Donald Trump was there to help.”
Giuliani was even considered to be a frontrunner for attorney general or secretary of state in the Trump administration, but didn’t get either post. If he can tie a bow around the Mueller investigation, however, he’ll have done a lot more than he likely could have in either one of those positions.
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