Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

Giuliani, who works as Trump's lead defense attorney in the probe, made that assertion during a CNN interview with Chris Cuomo on Friday night.

Tapper had asked about Giuliani's comments to the New York Daily News last week, in which he said, "When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons".

More recently, Robert Mueller has, as Politico noted, steamrolled President Trump's campaign against him; Paul Manafort was sent to jail over accusations of witness tampering.

"I don't think that's the interpretation", Giuliani responded.

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Trump claimed his original, false, explanation about the meeting was "irrelevant" because he gave the statement to the New York Times and not "a high tribunal of judges". The department's inspector general released a report this week into the handling of Hillary Clinton's email scandal, revealing that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who oversaw the Clinton investigation and was later removed from the Mueller probe, had suggested in text messages that the FBI would "stop" a Trump presidency two months before the 2016 election. "I don't know, but I want to find out before I go forward", Giuliani said when pressed about Strzok's influence on the investigation.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lead defense attorney in the Russian Federation investigation, said on Friday night that Trump would not pardon anyone involved in the probe while it is ongoing.

But the president has issued several pardons in recent weeks, which some have interpreted as a signal to affiliates being targeted by Mueller's probe not to cooperate with the investigation. Both of the agents held top positions in both the FBI's Clinton and Trump investigations. What's more, Giuliani is just announcing Trump's intention to undertake an unprecedented abuse of executive power right to reporters.

Giuliani pushed back Sunday on the notion that in discussing his pardon power, the president had been suggesting doing anything untoward. "We would like to see it limited to some specific questions about the heart of the probe - the Russian alleged collusion".

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Democrats said the inspector general's report provided no grounds to undermine Mueller's continuing investigation.

"Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this".

Appearing on "Face the Nation", Giuliani said Trump's legal team nonetheless owed it to him to "sort through" the options of how an interview with Mueller could proceed, because "the president wants to do it". Picture: APLast week Mr Trump declared he thinks the Russian Federation probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is also investigating questions of whether Trump improperly sought to obstruct the probe, such as by firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and if Trump refuses an interview, Mueller could resort to a subpoena to compel testimony.

"I don't want to do it", Giuliani.

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