America's worst lawyer is continuing his media blitz and making grand claims about president Trump's legal woes without a shred of verifiable evidence. This past weekend, Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times that the Mueller probe would be wrapping up in September because there was no evidence for obstruction of justice or collusion:
The special counsel hopes to finish by Sept. 1 the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in November’s midterm elections.
Mr. Giuliani said that the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, shared its timeline about two weeks ago amid negotiations over whether Mr. Trump will be questioned by investigators, adding that Mr. Mueller’s office said that the date was contingent on Mr. Trump’s sitting for an interview. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.
Reviewing Giuliani's record of getting his facts straight, it would be foolish to take anything he says remotely seriously. It is worth remembering that the former Mayor of New York has:
1. Publicly confessed to that his client knew about paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet, contrary to all earlier claims by the president and his legal team.
2. Publicly confessed that Trump paid Daniels to help his chances in the 2016 election in direct violation of campaign finance law.
3. Stated that he knows for a fact that Trump did not break the law, but then confessed on live television that he "can’t prove it’s fact.”
4. Stated that a sitting president cannot be subpoenaed to testify, despite arguing the exact opposite for Bill Clinton in 1998 (just watch this hilarious clip of Giuliani shouting over Chris Cuomo as he plays him the incriminating footage of him arguing the exact opposite:)
5. Admitted that a sitting president can be indicted for obstruction of justice, despite the rest of Trump's legal team arguing that it is a legal impossibility.
Given the special counsel’s office declined to comment on Giuliani's latest claim that the investigation will be wrapping up in a couple of months, it is safe to assume that Trump's lawyer is most likely lying or forgetting whatever conversation he may have had with Mueller's team (it is also distinctly possible that Giuliani has been drinking and is simply mouthing off). Giuliani's legal strategy appears to be based on publicly pressuring Mueller into ending the investigation by claiming there is no basis for it -- a strategy that would be effective if he wasn't continually confessing to all of Trump's crimes and then lying about it.
Giuliani likely believes that by imprinting in the public's mind the notion that the investigation will be "wrapped up" by September, Mueller will succumb to the arbitrary deadline and publicly declare Trump's innocence. But as we've learned over the past year, Robert Mueller is playing an entirely different game to the president's -- and it's one based on evidence and the actual rule of law. And that will take as long as it needs to, regardless of the political implications to either party.