Rudy Giuliani is apparently the last big name lawyer in America willing to represent Donald Trump, almost certainly due to his love of being on television. And immediately upon joining Trump’s legal team, he made the patently ridiculous claim that he’ll have all this Mueller business wrapped up in a week or two.
The recruitment of Giuliani and the leaking of the news about Rosenstein’s statements to Trump looked like part of a White House effort to promote the narrative that Mueller’s investigation is entering its final stages, and that the President is largely in the clear. In an interview with the New York Post on Thursday, Giuliani said he that intended to contact Mueller, whom he has known for a long time, and request a list of what is needed to “comply” with the rest of the investigation. “I don’t know yet what’s outstanding,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s going to take more than a week or two to get a resolution. They’re almost there.” In yet another interview, with CNN, he described Mueller as fair and said firing him would be “counterproductive,” because it would delay the completion of the probe. “Bob is the best we can do,” he said.But the idea that Mueller may be almost done, and that Giuliani may be able to wrap things up quickly and graciously, seems like it might well be wishful thinking on Giuliani’s part. Other developments suggest that both sides are still girding for a lengthy battle.
That isn’t just wishful thinking, it’s downright delusional. This investigation is not going to end in a week or two and there’s absolutely nothing Giuliani can do to make it go any faster. This is going to drag out for months, at the very least, possibly years. There are so many different aspects of the investigation now involving such a variety of people and possible crimes that it’s going to take at least that long to sort it all out.
I suspect this is a strategy on Giuliani’s part, a setup for two or three weeks from now to blame Mueller for not resolving everything. “Hey, we came to the table, we wanted to end things quickly, but he won’t be reasonable.” That will be the party line. I also suspect that the real reason Giuliani took this was so he could end up with the job he has so badly wanted from the start, which is Attorney General.