Rudy Giuliani wants Mueller's 'almost illegal and unethical probe' to be investigated

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks that the ongoing probe into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. elections and potential links between Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow should itself be investigated.

Giuliani, who joined President Trump’s legal team in April, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that former FBI Director Robert Mueller did not necessarily do anything wrong but that the probe he leads has become unethical and possibly illegal — calling for an investigation into its origins.

“I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated, not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely almost illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe, that began with Peter Strzok in charge. And he didn’t leave it until July of last year,” Giuliani said in an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday.

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So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Col… https://t.co/T2n7SAWgJp
There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there i… https://t.co/WU8JFuWLJi
House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia. As I have bee… https://t.co/n4809kuVx3
Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinate… https://t.co/3erasoPL4N
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion an… https://t.co/GPYj4JbKgN
It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
“Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and neve… https://t.co/R9sniNq1ar
Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the… https://t.co/wEVP4iGN6n
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was base… https://t.co/oMCKEA7WmJ
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A complete Witch Hunt!
The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination… https://t.co/MMfLEunjG6
The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems… https://t.co/j7rc1QKCLw
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classif… https://t.co/YfMYBrTkza
As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
...case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing "the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan..." Witch Hunt!
The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!
Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!
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The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was base… https://t.co/oMCKEA7WmJ
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I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (… https://t.co/yjSuYhmzJb
Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? An… https://t.co/wKNAVhWJcz
If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him.… https://t.co/wi7FDNjqK7
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Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who oversaw the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state, worked on the Russia probe but was taken off the investigation after his personal criticisms of Trump in text messages to a colleague were published.

Tapper asked Giuliani to clarify whether he was in fact calling for a special counsel to investigate the special counsel — eliciting laughter from the Republican New Yorker.

“It’s not so unorthodox. I mean, it’s happened,” Giuliani replied. “No, I’m saying the Justice Department should do it. And I’m not really saying the special counsel. I’m saying what led up to the special counsel. I don’t think Mueller and his people need to be investigated — unless something comes out of that.”

So, what should be investigated? According to Giuliani, there was a series of odd, unethical and illegal actions as the Justice Department shifted its focus from Clinton’s emails to Russian interference. Giuliani offered his opinion, citing Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, that the people handling the Clinton investigation had done “almost everything” incorrectly and are now focused on the Russia probe.

Echoing Trump, Giuliani said that the Russia probe was based on documents that former FBI Director James Comey had “illegally leaked.” Tapper countered that Horowitz concluded Comey did not break the law — a point Giuliani acknowledged without argument. Nevertheless, Giuliani supports the idea of having Horowitz investigate the origins of the Russia probe to determine whether it’s trustworthy.

“I just said a bunch of illegal things,” Giuliani said. “That usually leads a court to say, ‘The thing is tainted.’ They may come out with a lot of problems if they don’t get this resolved right now.”

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