President Donald Trump‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has shifted strategies in the Russian probe yet again, according to a new report by the New York Times.
Under the new conditions set forth by Giuliani, it is increasingly unlikely Trump will voluntarily sit down with Robert Mueller any time soon.
According to the Times:
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, needs to prove before Mr. Trump would agree to an interview that he has evidence that Mr. Trump committed a crime and that his testimony is essential to completing the investigation, said Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lead lawyer in the case.
His declaration was the latest sign that the president’s lawyers, who long cooperated quietly with the inquiry even as their client attacked it, have shifted to an openly combative stance.
Reacting to the news Friday night on CNN, former Trump White House lawyer James Schultz said he was not surprised by Giuliani’s latest conditions.
“Look, I’m not surprised. It seems it’s been going in that direction. You know, Rudy Giuliani has been inching closer and closer towards that as this strategy has played out. I’m not surprised that now he’s saying that perhaps the president might not speak with Mueller’s team unless those conditions are shown. It remains to be seen whether that’s a negotiating point or not, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a negotiating point. But certainly, it would be something to watch in the coming days for sure.”
Van Jones during the same panel then noted, “We’re headed for a showdown, possibly a constitutional crisis,” before stressing Trump is trying not to participate in the process possibly leading even to the Supreme Court weighing in on the question of “does this president have the right to stand above the law?”
Watch above, via CNN.
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