Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after probe

Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after probe

In his remarks to reporters on Friday, Trump claimed that the IG report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation not only "totally exonerates" him, it also "totally discredits" special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to Giuliani, Trump is not considering pardoning Cohen or Manafort, but may change his mind.

Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort.

"Let me make it clear right now, he's not going to pardon anybody in this investigation, but he is not, obviously, going to give up his right to pardon if a miscarriage of justice is presented to him after the investigation", Giuliani said. "Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe".

But, he added, "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States". He retains his pardon power. The former New York City mayor suggested that an end to the investigation could be in sight one way or the other - either by undercutting the Mueller's inquiry as illegitimate, or if necessary, by agreeing to a Trump interview with prosecutors under limited conditions.

Manafort will remain in jail pending his trial beginning September 17.

Trump called the jailing of Manafort "very unfair".

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Last week Mr Trump declared he thinks the Russian Federation probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The President has previously said that the Justice Department inspector general's report is a "total disaster" for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, whom he fired in May of a year ago.

The statement raised more questions about whether he will consent to an interview as part of the investigation.

"We now have an investigation that in the words of President Donald Trump, has been a fix, a frame up and a witch hand". "I did nothing wrong, there was no obstruction". "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax". What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? "And he didn't leave it until July of past year", Giuliani said in an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons.

"I certainly didn't know about it", Giuliani said. Giuliani said he is opposed to having an interview but "the president wants to do it so we have to sort through it".

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