President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said that Trump’s legal team will likely invoke executive privilege in order to block a full public release of Robert Mueller’s anticipated final report about the Russia investigation.
Giuliani’s alarming admission was buried inside an expansive New Yorker profile of the former New York City mayor, published online Monday.
Giuliani told journalist Jeffrey Toobin that Trump’s original legal counsel had made a deal with Mueller about his expected final report that would allow the White House to “object to the public disclosure of information that might be covered by executive privilege.”
“I asked Giuliani if he thought the White House would raise objections,” wrote Toobin in the profile.
“I’m sure we will,” he said, before adding that Trump “would make the final call.”
Giuliani also revealed that his team was preparing a lengthy report which they planned to release at the same time as Mueller’s to “refute its expected findings.”
Victoria Nourse, a Georgetown law professor, explained to Vox that Trump could also “order” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein not to release Mueller’s final report.