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Busy stepping on more rakes as he tries to defend Trump against special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation, Rudy Giuliani now insists Mueller should be more like James Comey, the former FBI director who oversaw an investigation into Hillary’s Clinton’s use of a private email server.

By Giuliani’s thinking, Comey should serve as Mueller’s role model, Politico reports.

But the logic doesn’t add up.

“When Comey closed [the Clinton case] in July — although I think it was a complete whitewash — I’d like to have them do that for us,” the former New York mayor said.

Wait, what? Giuliani thinks Comey’s investigation into Clinton “was a complete whitewash,” but Giuliani wants Mueller to do the same thing with his Russia investigation?

Sounds like Trump’s attorney just accidentally told the truth: Trump doesn’t care about Mueller uncovering the facts, he just wants the whole thing shut down.

The miscue is just the latest Giuliani public relations debacle, as he reportedly tries to gin up right-wing outrage on the one-year anniversary of Mueller’s special counsel appointment.

Mueller was named on May 17, 2017, eight days after Trump fired Comey as the FBI chief.

“Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” the Trump lawyer whined during an interview. “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough,” he added.

Of course, Giuliani is getting help from Fox News in his latest public relations push. Last night, Sean Hannity once again berated the Russia investigation, claiming, “Mueller has no business ever questioning the president of the United States.”

To date, the Russia investigation has produced more than two dozen indictments, while two separate trials featuring Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, are expected to begin this year.

In terms of context for lengthy political investigations, Ken Starr’s Whitewater investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton went on for six years. And Congressional investigations into the Benghazi terror attack under President Barack Obama stretched on for more than three years.

Republicans certainly didn’t complain about those extended inquiries.

Meanwhile, “The 21 major special counsel probes in the post-Watergate era lasted an average of three-and-a-half years from the appointment of an independent counsel to its conclusion,” Politico notes.

Giuliani remains powerless to protect Trump from Mueller, whether he gets his “whitewash” or not.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)