Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who now leads President Donald Trump’s defense team, told Fox News Sunday Trump will not interview with special counsel Robert Mueller if he believes the meeting is a trap for perjury.
A perjury trap refers to a practice in which prosecutors question witnesses under oath with the intent of catching them in a prosecutable lie.
“The reality is we’re not going to sit him down if it’s a trap for perjury,” Giuliani told Bill Hemmer, who sat in for regular host Chris Wallace. “And until we’re convinced of that … we’re just going to have to say no.”
“Let me emphasize,” Giuliani added, “he wants to explain that he did nothing wrong.”
CNN reported the Trump team and the special counsel nearly reached an agreement in January providing for a multi-hour interview at Camp David, though the meeting never came to fruition. Other Trump lawyers have proposed Mueller submit questions in writing for the president to answer. (RELATED: Giuliani: ‘I Don’t Believe The Mueller Probe Is Legitimate’)
Mueller wants to question Trump about the dismissals of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey, among other subjects, according to the CNN report.
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