According to President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s legal team is preparing to create a “counter-report” to refute whatever findings Special Counsel Robert Mueller may present to the Deputy Attorney General, Congress, or the American people. Giuliani still maintains that a report is essentially the furthest that Mueller can go with his investigation; DOJ experts believe that it would not be within Mueller’s authority to indict a sitting president. As such, Giuliani’s “counter-report” would act as a measuring device, seeking to undermine the special counsel’s findings by pointing out the myriad problems with Mueller’s team, the initiation of the Trump/Russia investigation, and the bias of the former FBI director himself.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Giuliani said that at least part of the report would focus on the question of whether the investigation itself was create in a “legitimate” way – a question that has been shrouded in doubt for months. The former New York mayor said that the bulk of the report would be based on open-source information.
“I don’t think there’s anything in it that isn’t publicly available in some form or another,” he told the site. “There is no [secret] grand jury material here…It’ll be our report, put out on personal stationary, and it would be in response to their report. We may have to use it in court or Congress.”
The Beast spoke to a retired federal prosecutor named Glenn Kirschner who said “it was highly unusual for a rebuttal report” to be issued in this fashion.
“This sounds to me like pure PR nonsense,” he said. “They are making an announcement that they will issue a rebuttal to a report that we don’t know when it is coming out or what it will contain.”
Okay, so here’s the thing: The entire Mueller investigation is pure PR nonsense at this point, so what else would you expect from the president’s legal team? We’re not taking anything away from the work the special counsel has done when it comes to indicting Russian individuals and companies (not that those indictments will ever amount to anything, but still…). But when it comes to his investigation of the Trump campaign, it’s nothing but speculation, partisan witch-huntery, and pressure. None of this has anything to do with the LAW. Or the obstruction of said law.
This is a political excursion into the abyss, and it can only be countered by “pure PR nonsense,” because that’s all it deserves.