How — or when — the probe will end, however, remains unclear.
“They (the special counsel’s office) acknowledge the fact that they can’t indict us,” Giuliani told NBC News, indicating that the information had been conveyed to Trump’s lawyers. “They know they don’t have that power. So their function is to write a report. We would like it to be the fairest report possible. But even if it isn’t, we’re prepared to rebut it in great detail, so we’d like them to do it.”
He added: “It’s as clear as can be that they don’t have the right to indict under the Justice Department rules. And I know they’re not going to indict.” Giuliani also suggested Wednesday that Mueller may not even interview Trump.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Trump Thursday for constantly characterizing Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt.”
“It’s not a witch hunt when some of the most senior members of the Trump campaign have been indicted,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “It’s not a witch hunt when Democrats and Republicans agree with the intelligence community that Russia interfered in our election to aide President Trump.”
“Any fair minded citizen, even the most ardent partisan, should be able to look at the facts and say that this investigation is not a witch hunt,” Schumer added. “We should all be aghast on this one year anniversary of Mueller’s appointment at the smear campaign by the president and his allies.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for his part, said Thursday that Mueller should be “free to do his job” but noted that he would also like to see the probe come to an end.
“We want to see this thing come to its conclusion but again I have always said, he should be free to finish his job,” Ryan said.