Donald Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, would not on Sunday rule out the possibility that the president would assert his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination in the Russia investigation.
“How could I ever be confident of that?” the former New York City mayor and US attorney said, during a freewheeling interview on ABC’s This Week.
Trump has expressed openness to an interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and alleged links between Trump aides and Moscow. Giuliani said he would strongly advise Trump against it.
“I’m going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart?” he said. The lifestyle entrepreneur was convicted in 2004 of lying to investigators and obstruction in an insider trading case.
Giuliani suggested Trump would not necessarily comply with any subpoena from Mueller, but nor would he rule out the possibility of an interview. “He’s the president of the United States,” Giuliani said. “We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.”
At a 2016 campaign rally, Trump disparaged staffers of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for taking the fifth during a congressional investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“The mob takes the…