The Trump team has realized that an interview with Mueller would, at some point, be necessary.
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On Thursday, Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow stated that former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani will be one of a trio of lawyers joining the president’s personal legal team. Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and longtime colleague of investigator Robert Mueller, will join Jane Serene Raskin and Martin R. Raskin, former federal prosecutors, who have been added to Trump’s legal crew.
According to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Rudy Giuliani isn’t thought to be an asset in the team’s day-to-day operations, but rather as a public and private liaison to improve the optics of Trump’s role to the American people and to work with Robert Mueller during his inquiries.
Sekulow offered in his statement: “The president said, ‘Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”
According to The New York Times, the Trump team has realized that an interview with Mueller would, at some point, be necessary to resolve the issues facing the president. However, following the FBI’s raid of the office and hotel room belonging to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, the relationship between the Trump’s team and Mueller seems to have once again become hostile.
Whatever implications may still surround Giuliani from his pre-election comments, his new involvement in Trump’s defense serves as yet another instance of muddied waters and potential conflicts of interest as Trump’s pool of trusted allies continues to dwindle.