Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined President Donald Trump's legal team, on Thursday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to intervene in the investigation of the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
“I am waiting for the Attorney General to step in, in his role as defender of justice, and put these people under investigation,” Giuliani told The Hill in an interview.
The aggressive comments come after NBC News reported that Cohen’s phones had been wiretapped and at least one call had been intercepted between Cohen and Trump. However, there has been no confirmation of a wire tap.
"I can't verify the validity of that report at this point," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the press briefing, adding that she had yet to talk to the president about it.
Sessions and Trump have a rocky relationship after the attorney general recused himself from any inquiries on whether Russia intervened in the 2016 election.
Cohen, who is currently under criminal investigation for various business-related matters, had his residences and office raided by FBI last month.
Giuliani went on to tell The Hill that the if the reports of wiretapping are true, then it is a transgression of attorney-client privilege. The former New York City mayor added that though he has yet to talk to the president, he believes Trump would share his anger on the wiretapping report.
Trump last year suggested that Trump Tower had been wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. While evidence has yet to emerge that Trump Tower was monitored by investigators, CNN reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the FBI.
Guiliani’s request of asking Sessions to intervene echoes Trump's repeated threats to potentially get involved in Justice Department investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling Russia probe.
Trump last week said he may change his position to not be involved with that probe, as he vented to "Fox & Friends."
“Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the Justice Department that shouldn't be there, they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on, I‘ve taken the position, and I don't have to take this position, and maybe I'll change, that I will not be involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said.