Giuliani won't detail Mueller's alleged 'conflict'

Giuliani also repeatedly criticised Mueller's team of investigators for perceived bias and said the special counsel was in "bad faith" over negotiations for an interview with the president.

The President has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Giuliani told CNN "the judgment's out" about whether he and the president respect Mueller, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Republican-appointed former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani (joo-lee-AH'-nee) says the president may be open to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller even if it involves some questions about alleged obstruction of justice in the federal investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election. But he has made a similar argument to that of Giuliani's, telling The New York Times in December that "There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime". But Giuliani has said Trump's legal team is less enthusiastic because Mueller and his staff might seek to believe witnesses who contradict Trump's account, such as former FBI Director James Comey.

Speaking later Monday with CNN's Dana Bash, Giuliani said, "He owes us a response". One of those people has already been sentenced and served a month in prison, while three others pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Trump and Giuliani's views of Cohen have soured recent weeks, especially after it was revealed that several audio recordings between the President and his former confidant were among evidence produced from the raids.

In the tweets, Trump largely resurfaced previous issues he has with the investigation, claiming Mueller personally has conflicts of interest - including a "contentious business relationship" - that should preclude him from running the investigation, accusing Mueller of bringing on too many Democratic investigators, and making a false claim about the origin of the Russian Federation investigation.

Ethics experts from the Justice Department determined previous year when Mueller was appointed special counsel that his participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate. "Because he has the conflict", Giuliani insisted. "How can the president make this claim, and not support it?" asked a bewildered Camerota, to which Giuliani responded simply: "Because he doesn't have to". Asked about the reversal on "Fox News Sunday", Giuliani said if he had known about Cohen's recordings, he would have called him a "scoundrel" instead of praising him. "I want you to hear them".

At the back end of the marathon interview, which Giuliani said at one stage was "getting to be a silly conversation", Giuliani said: "I think the odds are against [an interview] but I wouldn't be shocked if [Trump] wants to do it". It's one that would have kept me out of the investigation.

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager who will stand trial in Virginia this week on financial charges brought by the Mueller team, "has no incriminating information on the president", Giuliani said, adding: "I know that for a fact".

  • Rogelio Becker