White House close to refusing interview with Russian Federation investigation

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Mueller is now leading an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice by meddling in the FBI's probe into possible collusion with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

Rudy Giuliani seemed to confirm on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that President Donald Trump actually did ask former FBI Director James Comey to drop the probe into ex-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn despite Trump's previous denials that he said anything of the sort.

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A factual basis? How about, as Todd noted, the president's own lawyers admitting that Trump "dictated" his son Donald Trump Jr.'s misleading statement about the now-infamous 2016 meeting between Donald Jr. and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton? "What I do know is, there's no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump". That timeline has now passed, and the president is set to leave on Tuesday on a seven-day trip.

"Michael Cohen should cooperate with the government", he said.

"If he wants to cooperate, I think it's great", Giuliani said. "I have debriefed all their witnesses", he said.

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Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani about Cohen's recent exclusive interview with ABC News in which he indictated his willingness to cooperate with Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY.

"The reality is that there are biases that have to be explored surrounding Mueller", Giuliani added, specifically pointed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's recently released report. Mr. Strzok was reassigned from his post last summer after Mr. Mueller learned about the messages. Giuliani told ABC that investigators must first show a "factual basis for the investigation".

Mueller later removed Strzok from the probe after his anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages exchanged with former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page came to light.

"How you could expect us to just walk up our client like a lamb going to the slaughter, we wouldn't be lawyers if we would do that", Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week", striking a similar tone to comments he's made repeatedly since he joined Trump's team in April.

Giuliani also said he had "zero" concern that Michael Cohen, a former Trump attorney who represented him for a decade while he was a NY real estate mogul and into the first year of his presidency, might provide prosecutors damaging information about Trump. Giuliani responded by claiming, "all she did was talk about adoptions", only for Todd to jump in and point out that "we don't know that" and "the story changed three times".

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