This not just a soundbite or a publicity stunt….
This is a very serious claim made by Giuliani, and if able to be proven would be devestating for Mueller.
It could also be criminal.
Thank you Rudy for speaking up and defending our President!
It’s about time President Trump had some allies fighting back on his behalf!
Here's more on the story, from YahooNews/TheIndependent:
Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has called for Robert Mueller to be investigated for alleged destruction of evidence – the latest effort from the White House to undermine the special counsel’s probe of the 2016 election.
As Washington readies itself for the anticipated completion of Mr Mueller’s report into Russia’s alleged interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign – some believe it will come in February – the White House has stepped up its attempts to discredit any findings.
In his latest barracking of Mr Mueller, Mr Giuliani said he should himself be investigated for the alleged destruction of evidence. He said that Mr Mueller should be probed for permitting text messages between ex-FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – former members of the special counsel’s team who were fired after the publication the texts revealed possible anti-Trump messages – to be erased.
The Hill said a report by the department of justice’s inspector general found large gaps in the preservation of Mr Strzok and Ms Page, who were present in the early part of the investigation and who were involved in a relationship. The report said a technical glitch was to blame for the FBI’s failure to save those text messages but was able to recover more than 19,000 from the early part of the Russia probe before Mr Mueller was named special prosecutor in the age of Mr Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.
Mr Giuliani told the outlet that Mr Mueller needed to be probed himself.
“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Mr Giuliani said. “That should be investigated, damn it, that should be investigated fully. You want a special counsel, get one for that.”
Asked if he felt the erasure of the messages was deliberate, Mr Giuliani referred to the destruction of a Watergate-era recording by Richard Nixon’s loyal secretary.
“It’s actually worse than Rose Mary Woods,” he explained. “She erased less than 19 minutes of conversation, but the FBI got rid of more than 19,000 messages [and the messages from the time Strzok and Page worked for Mueller are lost forever].”
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Mr Trump has also been scornful of Mr Strzok and Ms Page.
In an interview with The Hill in September, Mr Trump said the behaviour of the agents was “very, very sad for our country”.
“We have tremendous support by the way, to expose something that is truly a cancer in our country,” Mr Trump added. “When you look at the FBI, you know you have eight people or so fired now.
Mr Giuliani said prosecutors should be investigated for using the Christopher Steele dossier, which he termed a “piece of garbage”, to justify a search warrant on a Trump advisor without telling the court it was paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The dossier was actually the result of opposition research work initially paid for by conservative donor Peter Singer, owner of the Washington Free Beacon. The Clinton campaign picked up the tab after Mr Trump won the Republican nomination.
The Hill had more in this Opinion column:
Rudy Giuliani has an unmistakable New Year’s message for special counsel Robert Mueller: It is time for the chief investigator in the Russia case to be investigated in 2019.
In wide-ranging interviews with Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and me on Wednesday and Thursday, President Trump’s defense lawyer pointedly accused Mueller’s office of destroying evidence by allowing text messages from now-fired FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI lover, Lisa Page, to be erased in the Russia probe.
“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani said.
The Justice Department inspector general (IG) reported this month that it found large gaps in the preservation of official government text messages between Strzok and Page, the two top FBI agents who helped to start the Russia probe in 2016, who were having an affair at the time, and who expressed disdain for Trump.
The report said a technical glitch was to blame for the FBI’s failure to save those text messages, but the IG was able to recover more than 19,000 from the early part of the Russia probe before Mueller was named special prosecutor.
However, the IG said it was unable to recover messages from the time Strzok and Page worked for Mueller’s office in spring and summer 2017 because the memories of both FBI officials’ government phones were wiped clean by technicians.
That erasure occurred after Strzok and Page left Mueller’s team over revelations they exchanged anti-Trump text messages, including one string in which they talked about stopping Trump from becoming president.
“That should be investigated, damn it, that should be investigated fully. You want a special counsel, get one for that,” Giuliani said.
When pressed about whether he thought the erasure was intentional and not just a mistake, Giuliani alluded to the infamous erasure of a Watergate tape by President Nixon’s loyal secretary a half-century earlier.
“It’s actually worse than Rose Mary Woods,” he explained. “She erased less than 19 minutes of conversation, but the FBI got rid of more than 19,000 messages," and the messages from the time Strzok and Page worked for Mueller are lost forever.
Giuliani said the Russia probe investigators also should be investigated for using the Christopher Steele dossier, which he called a “piece of garbage,” to justify a search warrant on a Trump adviser without telling the court it was paid for by 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party.
“Do I think that is improper? Yeah, that borders on — that sounds to me a lot more like a false statement than some of the ones they charged,” he said, referring to Mueller’s team.
The former New York City mayor and Republican presidential candidate, who joined Trump’s defense team in 2018, sharply criticized Mueller’s team for allowing what he said were false statements by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen at Cohen’s sentencing a few weeks ago.
“He just lied the other day. He told the judge, ‘I was fiercely loyal to Donald Trump.’ No, he wasn’t. He taped him surreptitiously while he was fiercely loyal. He hid it. And he disclosed it.”
The Mueller prosecutors’ failure to stand up during the sentencing and correct Cohen’s statement “is unethical in and of itself. Making a false statement to a court, even a lawyer, you have to correct it,” Giuliani said.
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