Rudy Giuliani insisted in an interview with The Hill on Friday that the president’s legal team had not asked for a special preview of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“We have not made any request, we have not made any demand,” he told The Hill.
An Associated Press (AP) tweet earlier on Friday had suggested that Trump’s lawyers wanted an “early look at Mueller’s findings before they are made public.”
It attributed that statement to Giuliani, but not as a direct quote.
Pressed on the apparent confusion, Giuliani said that the comment that formed the basis of the AP report “probably goes back a week ago, before they did this.”
The Mueller report was sent to Attorney General William Barr without any additional comment from the special counsel.
“They did it properly, so there is no reason to ask [for] anything other than that,” Giuliani said.
Barr has said he may be able to provide a summary of Mueller’s findings to the top members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees as soon as this weekend. A public release of the report could potentially take longer, especially if there are claims from parties involved that information contained within it is privileged.
Any early access provided to President Trump — or to his legal team, of which Giuliani is a member — would be hugely controversial.
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