Dec. 17 News Briefs

Monday, December 17, 2018

Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attorney is categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. Rudy Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday” that an interview would happen “over my dead body.” The special counsel, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has continued to ask for an interview with the president. Last month, the White House sent written answers in response to the special counsel’s questions about possible collusion. The White House has resisted answering any questions on possible obstruction of justice. Giuliani also disparaged the claims of Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, who said that, as a candidate, Trump directed hush-money payments to women alleging sexual trysts with him to avoid hurting the campaign. Giuliani called Cohen “a pathological liar.”

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says that it rejects last week’s resolution by the U.S. Senate that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The statement from the kingdom is an unusually strong rebuke of the Senate. Saudi Arabia said the resolution “contained blatant interferences” in its internal affairs and undermines its regional and international role. The kingdom has denied the crown prince was involved in Khashoggi’s killing in October inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, masterminded by top Saudi agents close to Prince Mohammed. The statement early Monday says the kingdom “categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”

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