It was wise for President Donald Trump to bring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani onto his personal legal team, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Thursday night.
Giuliani "is one of the most effective and successful prosecutors in the history of the Southern District,” Dershowitz told Fox Business' "Kennedy." "I think it was probably a very wise decision for the president to bring Giuliani on board. He knows all the tricks. He knows all the tactics.”
In addition to attracting the nation's admiration following the 9-11 attacks in New York City, when he was dubbed as "America's Mayor," Giuliani was a powerful United States attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s, when he prosecuted some of the district's most high-profile cases, including the Mafia Commission trial in 1985.
Giuliani, 73, said he is joining the team to try to negotiate an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election.
"I'm doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller," Giuliani told The Washington Post.
Giuliani, a longtime Trump ally and former federal prosecutor, said he made his decision in recent days, and had dinner with the president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week.
He will join Trump's other personal attorneys, Jay Sekulow and Ty Cobb, and plans to take a leave from his New York-based law firm, Greenberg Traurig.
There has been some speculation that Giuliani could be tapped to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has come under intense criticism from the president ever since he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
"Sessions really pulled the wool over the president's eyes,” Dershowitz said Thursday. "He should have told him before he accepted the job, 'Look, I am going to accept the job and I am going to recuse myself from the most important investigation.'"
However, Dershowitz said he's not sure Giuliani wants the attorney general's job, as he had "wanted to be secretary of state," but had he wanted to have Sessions' job, “he might have been able to have it if he wanted it earlier.”
Dershowitz also told Kennedy that he does not understand why Sessions can't come back and take over the matter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, "who should be recused from the case because he is a witness."
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