Giuliani knocks Mueller's investigators as 'unfair' to Trump

Former mayor called one team member a 'hitman'

By Eli Watkins, CNN
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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to CNN on August 12, 2018.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went after special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Sunday, calling the investigators "unfair" to his client, President Donald Trump.

Giuliani, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," even went as far as to characterize one member of Mueller's team as a "hitman" as he described the special counsel's prosecutors as "people who were unfair to [Trump], people who wrote an unfair report, people who came close to torturing people to get information and break them."

After brief push back, Giuliani referred to the incarceration of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, who was in solitary confinement as he awaited trial, according to his attorneys.

"How about having Manafort in solitary confinement and questioning him 13 times?" Giuliani said. "Maybe torture is too much."

Giuliani then mentioned Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor who helped lead the Enron investigation and one of the earliest members of the Mueller team, as someone he took particular issue with.

"Andrew Weissmann never should have been working for him because Andrew Weissmann is a hitman," Giuliani said.

As with his invocation of the word "torture," Giuliani walked back his characterization of Weissmann slightly, instead dubbing him an "unethical prosecutor." Still, Giuliani knocked Weissmann for his involvement in some past cases, including a major conviction tied to the Enron scandal that was overturned by the Supreme Court.

"This guy shouldn't have been working," Giuliani said. "And I will amend hitman if anybody is too sensitive to that. What I mean is unethical -- unethical prosecutor."

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