Bracing for Mueller: Giuliani, Stone hope for best, prepare for worst

by WorldTribune Staff, August 31, 2018

While Rudy Giuliani said he is working on a report on the legitimacy of the Robert Mueller investigation, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone said he expected to charged with a crime by Mueller’s team that he did not commit and that would cost him $2 million in legal defense expenses.

Rudy Giuliani. / AP

Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, told The Daily Beast in an interview on Aug. 30 that part of his report would examine whether the “initiation of the investigation was … legitimate or not.”

Giuliani told The Daily Beast that his report would question the legitimacy of the Mueller probe generally by alleging “possible conflicts” of interest by federal law enforcement authorities. The report will also respond to allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian and obstruction of justice allegations stemming from, among other things, the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

“There is no [secret] grand jury material here… It’ll be our report, put out on… personal stationery, and it would be in response to their report… We may have to use it in court, or [send to] Congress,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani added that Trump’s legal team may include in the report revelations surrounding former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Stone, meanwhile, said he expects to soon be charged by Mueller’s team, which he said is “examining every aspect of my personal, private, family, social, business and political life.”

The Mueller team’s goal, Stone said in an Instagram video, is “to frame me for some nonexistent crime to silence me and pressure me to testify against the president. … I am not going to do it.”

Stone claimed that media outlets are investigating whether he tipped off Trump that WikiLeaks was planning to post Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, which Stone denies.

“Someone is saying that they overheard a conversation in which I told Donald Trump in October of 2016 what exactly would be in the WikiLeaks disclosures and when they would be disclosed,” Stone says in the video. “This is categorically false.”

Stone also appealed for contributions to a legal defense fund.

“I need your help to fight back,” he writes. “This attack on me is designed to bankrupt me and destroy me and my family financially. Mueller knows I cannot afford the expensive legal fees to defend myself. My defense cost could be more than $2 million — money I do not have.”

He continues: “I intend to GO TO WAR against Mueller and his Deep State goons. Because Donald Trump is 100% innocent — and so am I!!!!”

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