Sunday, President Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that he believes that the ongoing probe into Russian interference with the 2016 United States elections and potential links between Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow should itself be investigated.
"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the President, has nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Giuliani argued that the Mueller probe was tainted from the start, thanks to former FBI Director James Comey.
Giuliani added that Trump's legal team would try to limit any interview with Mueller "to some specific questions about the heart of the probe" that they think "could be answered quickly" - in about three hours, he said.
The report by the Justice Department's watchdog on accusations of misconduct at the FBI didn't touch directly on Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but Trump and his allies seized on it to undercut the investigation that has cast a shadow over the White House.
In a subsequent interview on Sunday with CBS's "Face The Nation" show, Giuliani said the Mueller probe should face both an internal government investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general and a grand jury probe. "Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this".
Mr. Trump seized on the findings of the Justice Department Inspector General, claiming the report provides evidence of deep bias against him at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and "exonerates" him from allegations of collusion with Moscow and obstruction of justice.
They said Republicans, in demanding information about the FBI and Justice Department approach to the Trump investigation, risk repeating those mistakes.
Giuliani argued, however, that the Mueller probe was based on Comey's contemporaneous notes of his private meetings with Trump before his firing, which the lawyer claimed was "illegally leaked".
Strzok was faulted for his anti-Trump bias in the inspector general report, but the report also concluded that the bias did not impact the Clinton investigation. "And he didn't leave it until July of past year", Giuliani said in an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday.
"I don't understand the justification for putting him in jail", Giuliani, 74, said.
As a leading counterintelligence expert, Strzok was involved in opening the investigation into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. Giuliani said he is opposed to having an interview but "the president wants to do it so we have to sort through it". I just read it here in The Washington Post.
"I doubt it", he said.