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Rudy Giuliani Wants the Mueller Probe Wrapped Up Tomorrow

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When Rudy Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team in mid-April, he predicted the Russia probe would be wrapped up within a week, two weeks tops. To the surprise of just about no one, that prediction did not pan out, and Robert Mueller continues to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to throw the 2016 election. So now, the former mayor and legal genius, whose recent spate of TV appearances may have implicated his client in at least two federal crimes, is taking a new tack: claiming this thing can’t go past the one-year mark, for no other reason than that he believes it’s gone on quite long enough.

“Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” Giuliani told Politico in a recent interview, referring to the Thursday anniversary of the probe. “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough.” Citing James Comey’s decision in July 2016 to publicly exonerate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail server, Giuliani said he’d “like [to] have them do that for us.” It’s unclear whether Giuliani is aware that Comey, whom he has called “a little baby” and “a major phony,” later re-opened the case just days before election, which may or may not have cost Clinton the presidency.

Unsurprisingly, legal experts have had a good laugh at the notion that Rudy’s one-year argument will have any sway whatsoever over Bob Mueller. “When cases are ripe to be brought, he will bring them,” Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor, told reporter Darren Samuelsohn. “He won’t be doing any press conferences, of course. So no Comey-like scenarios. He will let his pleadings do the talking for him.” Even the White House has opposed Giuliani’s argument, releasing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s memo last May declaring that Comey had broken “long-standing principle” by holding his “all-clear” press conference in July 2016. “The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial,” Rosenstein wrote. “It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.” (The president himself has also cited Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton case as the reason he fired the guy, though he’s since gone back and forth on that a few times.)

Also unfortunate for ole Rudy? That it looks like Mueller is just getting started. Paul Manafort’s trial is scheduled to begin in July, while other aspects of the probe appear to be expanding. In fact, as Politico points out, from a historical standpoint we’re barely past the first inning:

The 21 major special counsel probes in the post-Watergate era lasted an average of three-and-a-half years from the appointment of an independent counsel to its conclusion, which in most cases involved the completion or publication of a final report, according to a Politico analysis.

There are outliers, like the 10-plus years that it took from initial appointment to public release of a 2006 report about President Bill Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Henry Cisneros. Or the more than eight years and four independent counsels—most notably Kenneth Starr—who handled everything from the probe into the Clintons’ Whitewater land deal to the Democratic president’s extramarital affairs.

For Giuliani, of course, the idea of this thing spinning out for years is enough to make him want to remove his dentures and spit in Bob Mueller’s face. “I think that’d be absurd,” he said. “If we’re talking about the public having some degree of toleration for it now, that’d switch very quickly.”

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