In a phone call with The Hill on Thursday, former New York City mayor and President Trump’s legal advisor Rudy Giuliani called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation, to “step in” the federal probe of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen and put the prosecutors behind the probe “under investigation.”
“I am waiting for the Attorney General to step in, in his role as defender of justice, and put these people under investigation,” Giuliani said, responding to an NBC News report that federal investigators have wiretapped the phone lines of Cohen.
While he said he had not yet spoken to Trump about the reported wiretapping, Giuliani predicted that Trump would share his frustration and anger.
Giuliani predicted, “He is going to say to me, ‘Isn’t there an attorney-client privilege?’ And I am going to tell him, ‘No, the Department of Justice seems to want to trample all over the Constitution of the United States.’ ”
The Hill added:
Giuliani’s explosive comments further heighten the stakes in the legal battles in which Trump is enmeshed.
It is extraordinary, by any measure, for a member of the president’s personal legal team to suggest that the attorney general should intervene in an investigation that affects the president.
But Giuliani said that a wiretapping of Cohen would amount to “gross misconduct” by the government. He further alleged that “this case has been surrounded by numerous acts” that fit that description.
“And they don’t even notify us? I mean, he’s only the president of the United States,” Giuliani added in a sarcastic manner.
The NBC News report stated that it was “not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized” on Cohen but that it was “in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s offices, hotel room, and home in early April,” citing “one person with direct knowledge” of the matter.
The NBC report also stated that “at least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted” by law enforcement.
This comes after Giuliani said in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity Wednesday that the president reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen the $130,000 he paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about their alleged affair right before the 2016 presidential election.
Giuliani contradicted Trump, who previously told reporters onboard Air Force One last month that he was not aware of the payment.