Giuliani Demands Docs On Confidential FBI Informant As Condition Of Trump Testimony

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Trump attorney and former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday to discuss the ongoing status of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - and admitted that when it comes to obstruction of justice, he was anxious about where Mueller's team could be headed.

Giuliani said Trump's legal team would advise him to refuse to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller unless the team can review the information.

But conservatives say Comey acted to protect Clinton because two months before she was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he wrote a report recommending she not be prosecuted.

Congress is "complicit" with Trump when Republican allies such as House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and a "weak" Speaker Paul Ryan refuse to stand up for the independence of the Justice Department, Representative Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, said yesterday.

As Giuliani acknowledged the political nature of his public campaign against Mueller, Trump advanced that campaign on Twitter, lamenting what he said were "young and lovely lives ... devastated and destroyed" by the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The new wrinkle, he said, if the disclosure about the informant. In an interview on NBC News following Comey's firing, Trump told Lester Holt: "Regardless of [Rosenstein's] recommendation, I was going to fire Comey".

Giuliani effectively admitted that the frequent attacks on the probe were created to influence public opinion and take the air out of any push for impeachment.

The former NY mayor is seeking a readout of the classified information Justice Department officials shared with lawmakers on Thursday about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling. But when key Republicans in Congress informed him that he did not have the votes to defeat it, he resigned. "If they don't show us these documents, well, we are just going to have to say 'no'". It's unclear if Trump would heed his lawyers' advice.

But Democrats objected vehemently to White House lawyer Emmet Flood showing up for part of the closed-door meeting.

"The whole goal of this meeting had nothing to do with congressional oversight", the Democrat said.

And a Republican senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, told CBS that while spying on a political campaign would be wrong, "if there are people operating in this country trying to influence American politics on behalf of a foreign power, it is the FBI's job to investigate".

"This is part of the propaganda machine: let's spread a completely fallacious story, and then let's say that it needs to be investigated and give it a life of its own", he said on ABC's "This Week".

Mr. Giuliani added if those Top administration intelligence officials knew, that is not the type of information that would be withheld from the daily Presidential briefings, according to people close to the Hussein Obama administration.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.