When Rudy Giuliani claimed yesterday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had told him that a sitting President can’t be indicted, Palmer Report immediately called Rudy out for lying. It was simply not possible for Mueller to have told Giuliani something like that. Sure enough, now we have confirmation that Rudy was lying, because he’s changing his story. Now the story turns out to be what all Mueller is refusing to say to Giuliani.
First came Rudy’s confession that Mueller never told him that Trump can’t be indicted while he’s still in office. Giuliani is now claiming that an unnamed member of Mueller’s team said it to Trump’s other attorney Jay Sekulow, who is out of the country right now and thus presumably not available for comment. How convenient. Back in the real world, no one on Mueller’s team would ever have said this to anyone on Trump’s team. But Rudy’s weird lie about Mueller is nothing compared to what Rudy is now admitting: he can’t even get Mueller to respond to him at all.
Giuliani says that in the brief time he’s been representing Donald Trump, he’s written two letters to Robert Mueller, and he hasn’t gotten a response to either of them. Our guess is that Mueller is still too busy scratching his head and trying to figure out what Giuliani’s gibberish letters are even supposed to mean. But even though Mueller is tacitly telling Rudy to buzz off, Rudy shouldn’t take it personally. Before he took over Trump’s legal team, the previous Trump attorneys wrote three other letters to Mueller, and none of those were answered, either.
So where does this leave us? We now have confirmation that Robert Mueller never said a sitting President can’t be indicted. Of course we knew that before Rudy Giuliani began walking back his own lie. We also know that Mueller doesn’t feel any pressure to respond to the letters that Donald Trump’s attorneys keep sending him – a reminder that Mueller holds all the cards, while Trump and his people are just whining about how badly they’re losing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report