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Rudy Giuliani says reporters will apologize for Mueller coverage 'if they are decent people'

A downright gleeful Rudy Giuliani paid a visit to Fox & Friends on Monday morning and argued apologies are in order.

Giuliani was in a great mood the morning after Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. It said that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice, although Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence.

Fox & Friends was happy to help Giuliani celebrate these findings, airing montages of Democratic politicians, reporters, and cable news pundits discussing allegations that Trump may have colluded with Russia, including Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, Carl Bernstein, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Ana Navarro. Giuliani laughed along as these clips played and declared, "That's the group that's got to apologize. If they are decent people, they will now apologize."

It had previously been reported that the Trump team planned to pummel the media for its Mueller coverage, although some are speaking in defense of their handling of the story, with CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy saying, "I don't seem to recall these same pundits demanding journalists apologize for aggressively covering the Hillary Clinton email probe after James Comey decided not to bring charges." The New York Times' top editor similarly told The Washington Post on Sunday, “I'm comfortable with our coverage." Brendan Morrow