In a reversal on Wednesday, President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said his client should sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the ongoing Russia probe.
“I guess I'd rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy,” Giuliani said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“The safe course you hear every lawyer say is don't do the interview, and that's easy to say in the abstract. That's much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed,” the former New York City mayor added.
Just a day earlier, Giuliani had expressed concern over Mueller interviewing the president, telling The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday: “If they said, you have to do it now, the answer would have to be no.”
Trump, however, has continuously expressed a desire to speak to Mueller, saying in early May that he would disregard his own legal team's advice if he was felt he'd be treated fairly during the interview.
“I would love to go, I would love to speak,” Trump said. “I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly. Because everybody sees it now, and it is a pure witch hunt. Right now, it is a pure witch hunt,” Trump added.
Last week, Giuliani claimed that Mueller had agreed to narrow the scope of the potential interview.
“I can't go into detail. But narrowing the subjects for questioning down to about two,” Giuliani told CNN, noting that the special counsel has agreed to stick to two subjects.
“Three are out. No secret that the whole thing with Michael Cohen is out because that's in the southern district of New York,” the former New York City mayor said.