Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday that while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joining President Donald Trump's legal team "seems like big news . . . it sounds like a yawn, because I don't know if it changes the dynamic."
"I have a couple reactions," Bharara, who later succeeded Giuliani as the federal prosecutor in New York, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "They are a little mixed.
"On the one hand, it seems like big news. Rudy Giuliani is a well-known person.
"He had the job that I had later," Bharara said.
President Trump fired Bharara in March 2017 after he refused a request by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down.
He was among several U.S. attorneys left from President Barack Obama's administration who were asked to resign.
"He served as mayor of the city of New York," Bharara told Blitzer Thursday of Giuliani. "He ran for president.
"It's a big name."
Bharara called the former mayor "a very able lawyer and has a storied history as a defense lawyer for a long period of time.
"That's not been his recent experience."
But Bharara said the move "sounds like a yawn, because I don't know it changes the dynamic.
"The idea that he's going to cause, by force of personality or anything else, Bob Mueller to go away doesn't seem realistic to me."
Bharara also noted Giuliani's decision probably reflected a reality President Trump might never nominate him as attorney general.
"Rudy probably has appreciated that even Donald Trump serves another term, he will never be the attorney general of the United States," he said.
"It's a very odd thing for someone who decides to serve as the personal attorney to the president to be confirmed as attorney general."
But Giuliani will not change Mueller's agenda, Bharara reiterated.
"Mueller has the agenda that he has based on the evidence he's collecting," he told Blitzer.
"I don't think Rudy brings anything, other than with respect to the PR he might bring to the table for the president."
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