Giuliani says he'd have no problem with House Dems having access to "everything" in Mueller report

Rudy Giuliani says he'd be okay with House Judiciary Committee seeing Robert Mueller's report on Donald Trump

By Matthew Rozsa

Published April 7, 2019 2:30PM (EDT)

Rudy Giuliani (Getty/Alex Wong)
Rudy Giuliani (Getty/Alex Wong)

On Sunday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been part of President Donald Trump's legal team since last year, told CBS on their program "Face the Nation" that he would support presenting special counsel Robert Mueller's report to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler.

"Except for little quibbles, I'm not worried about the report at all," Giuliani explained, adding that the only barrier will be executive privilege, according to The Hill. Referring to Trump's attorney general William Barr, Giuliani argued that the top law enforcement official "has said he’s going to put up the maximum amount of information possible. The only thing that will stop him will be legal barriers."

Giuliani also took a shot at the partisan composition of Mueller's investigative team, quipping to anchor Margaret Brennan that "if Andrew Weissmann, who was crying at Hillary Clinton's losing party, couldn't find anything" that could only mean that "there was nothing there."

When asked if he would object to having the full report released to the public, Giuliani responded that "no Republican is pushing back on full disclosure of the report." Instead he accused Nadler, a Democratic legislator from New York, of having "prejudged this case a year ago," saying that he "was overheard on Amtrak talking about impeachment well before the report came out."

Despite Giuliani insisting that he would be happy to have the full Mueller report released to the public, members of Mueller's investigative team have claimed that it does not exonerate the president in the way that the attorney general has claimed. As The New York Times reported last week:

At the same time, Mr. Barr and his advisers have expressed their own frustrations about Mr. Mueller and his team. Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials believe the special counsel’s investigators fell short of their task by declining to decide whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed the inquiry, according to the two government officials. After Mr. Mueller made no judgment on the obstruction matter, Mr. Barr stepped in to declare that he himself had cleared Mr. Trump of wrongdoing.

Nadler himself wrote an editorial to The New York Times last week explaining why he insists on seeing the full, unredacted report:

We — the members of the Judiciary Committee, the House of Representatives and the entire American public — are still waiting to see that report. We will not wait much longer. We have an obligation to read the full report, and the Department of Justice has an obligation to provide it, in its entirely, without delay. If the department is unwilling to produce the full report voluntarily, then we will do everything in our power to secure it for ourselves.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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