Rudy Giuliani

Behind the scenes: The White House prepares for Mueller week

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Much of Washington has spent the weekend on pins and needles preparing for this week's release of the Mueller report. But in one particular quarter, people seem quite relaxed.

Behind the scenes: Two of the president's top advisers who will be handling the response to Mueller’s report were watching the Masters when I called them about it this weekend. By all accounts, the president himself is also taking a fairly blasé approach. The subject has barely come up, if at all, in recent senior staff meetings, according to two sources with direct knowledge. And in recent calls to aides and allies, Trump has barely mentioned it.

Giuliani calls Mueller note on not exonerating Trump "a cheap shot"

Rudy Giuliani says the Mueller report line about not exonerating President Trump is a "cheap shot."
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Rudy Giuliani told "Cuomo Prime Time" Monday evening a note stating the Mueller report doesn't exonerate President Trump on obstruction of justice was a "cheap shot."

What he's saying: "There's no conclusion he committed a crime," Trump's lawyer told CNN's Chris Cuomo, who asked him to go over that aspect of Attorney General William Barr's Mueller report summary. "They don't have to exonerate him; you've gotta prove he's guilty, even for impeachment. This is a cheap shot. For a prosecutor, this is unprofessional."