Rudy Giulianisaid his recent calls for the Justice Department to suspend special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigationwere a bluff he never thought would happen, according to an interview with Politico on Monday.
“That’s what I’m supposed to do,” Giuliani, PresidentDonald Trump’slead attorney for issues related to Mueller’s Russia inquiry, told Politico. “What am I supposed to say? That they should investigate him forever? Sorry, I’m not a sucker.”
Last week Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Mueller’s probeshould be suspended within 24 hoursafter the release of a Justice Departmentreportthat chastised the behavior of FBI leadership during the 2016 election. The agency’s inspector general was critical of former FBI Director James Comey, calling him “insubordinate,” and said several leaders exhibited a bias against then-candidate Trump.
“Mueller should suspend his investigation, and he should go seeRod Rosenstein, who created him, and the deputy attorney general and Attorney General Sessions, who should now step up big time to save his department,” Giuliani told Hannity last Thursday. “Rosenstein andJeff Sessionshave a chance to redeem themselves, and that chance comes about tomorrow.”
But the former New York City mayor, known for makingbrash comments to the press, said he had no expectation anyone would carry out such a suspension.
“I didn’t think it would,” he told Politico, “but I still think it should be.”
Trump has continued to lash out at Mueller’s ongoing inquiry following the release of the Justice Department’s report from its inspector general, saying there was a “total bias” with the FBI. He also said the 500-page document “totally exonerates” him.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.