Trump team lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that President Donald Trump was more likely to proceed with a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un than to sit for an interview with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I think it is more inevitable than a Mueller interview,” Giuliani told The Washington Post. “At least, they’re not going to try to trap him into Korean perjury.”
Trump earlier Thursday canceled a planned June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements from Pyongyang.
In addition, Giuliani also said a decision would be made on a Mueller interview by June 12.
“We could probably decide by June 12 whether to testify,” the former federal prosecutor told HuffPost.
The decision, however, is incumbent upon Trump’s team receiving a Justice Department report on a suspected FBI informant infiltrating the president’s campaign in 2016.
“Are we going to get a report on ‘spygate’?” Giuliani said in a separate interview with HuffPost, invoking the term Trump created to slam the investigation.
He also said he still preferred that President Trump not sit for a Mueller interview.
“I would not like to talk to Mueller at all,” he told HuffPost. “I don’t see what you gain from that.”
He acknowledged, however, Trump strongly disagreed.
“He has a strong view that he should testify,” Giuliani said. “He believes he’s telling the truth: He didn’t collude with the Russians, and he didn’t obstruct justice.”
In other Russia comments, Giuliani told ABC News that President Trump ordered another member of his legal team, Emmet Flood, to attend two Justice Department classified briefings on Moscow with legislators.
“The president personally wanted Emmet there [Thursday],” Giuliani said.
Flood, who joined the team earlier this month, sat in at the start of the two sessions on Capitol Hill that sought to address Trump’s complaints about the informant.
White House chief of staff John Kelly brokered the briefings with Justice Department officials after Trump’s claims.
He reportedly made introductory remarks at both sessions.
The first briefing was held with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan; the GOP chairs of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and the House Oversight Committee, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy; and the respective committees’ top Democrats, Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.
The second briefing was with the so-called gang of eight House and Senate leaders of both political parties.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and others from the FBI and DOJ participated in both briefings.
A congressional source told ABC the network that Flood and Kelly delivered remarks at the top of the second meeting, “it was expressed to them how inappropriate their presence was.”