When Rudy Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team in mid-April, he predicted the Russia probe would be wrapped up within a week, two weeks tops. To the surprise of just about no one, that prediction did not pan out, and Robert Mueller continues to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to throw the 2016 election. So now, the former mayor and legal genius, whose recent spate of TV appearances may have implicated his client in at least two federal crimes, is taking a new tack: claiming this thing can’t go past the one-year mark, for no other reason than that he believes it’s gone on quite long enough.
“Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” Giuliani told Politico in a recent interview, referring to the Thursday anniversary of the probe. “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough.” Citing James Comey’s decision in July 2016 to publicly exonerate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail server, Giuliani said he’d “like [to] have them do that for us.” It’s unclear whether Giuliani is aware that Comey, whom he has called “a little baby” and “a major phony,” later re-opened the case just days before election, which may or may not have cost Clinton the presidency.
Unsurprisingly, legal experts have had a good laugh at the notion that Rudy’s one-year argument will have any sway whatsoever over Bob Mueller. “When cases are ripe to be brought, he will bring them,” Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor, told reporter Darren Samuelsohn. “He won’t be doing any press conferences, of course. So no Comey-like scenarios. He will let his pleadings do the talking for him.” Even the White House has opposed Giuliani’s argument, releasing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s memo last May declaring that Comey had broken “long-standing principle” by holding his “all-clear” press conference in July 2016. “The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial,” Rosenstein wrote. “It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.” (The president himself has also cited Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton case as the reason he fired the guy, though he’s since gone back and forth on that a few times.)