President Donald Trump's legal team is putting together a "counter-report" in an effort to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, The Daily Beast reported Thursday.
Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told the news outlet part of the report would examine if the "initiation of the investigation was . . . legitimate or not."
Giuliani said the "counter-report" has been in the works since late July, and Trump "knows it is part of our [legal] strategy, and he's happy with it," The Daily Beast reported.
He also acknowledged the entire process could be derailed by developments in the Mueller investigation.
"It may all be for naught, because they may subpoena [the president], and then we'd have to turn our attention to fighting the subpoena," Giuliani said.
Giuliani said the report will be in two sections.
- One will seek to question the legitimacy of the Mueller probe generally by alleging "possible conflicts" of interest by federal law enforcement authorities.
- The other section will respond to allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian government agents to sway the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice allegations stemming from, among other things, the president's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the news outlet reported.
Giuliani told The Daily Beast the task is a challenge since they do not know what Mueller's report will look like.
"Since we have to guess what it is, [our report so far] is quite voluminous," he said, adding that he'll spend the Labor Day weekend "paring it down" and he was editing the document created by the "whole team."
"It'll be our report, put out on . . . personal stationary, and it would be in response to their report," the former New York City mayor told The Daily Beast, adding: "We may have to use it in court, or [send to] Congress."
He also told the news outlet everything in the report is already available to the public.
"I don't think there's anything in it that isn't publicly available in some form or another," he said. "There is no [secret] grand jury material here . . ."
Giuliani told The Daily Beast he expects a preliminary draft will be "in pretty good shape by next week."
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