Rudy Giuliani Says President Trump Could Use Pardon Power After Russia Probe

Rudy Giuliani Says President Trump Could Use Pardon Power After Russia Probe

But Giuliani said he wants another investigation into the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, which was eventually taken over by Mueller when he was named special counsel.

He is awaiting a September trial on money laundering and fraud charges.

So far, 20 people have been indicted and at least four are cooperating with Mueller's investigators.

But Giuliani stressed that Trump has not issued, would not issue and should not issue any pardons related to the Mueller probe while it is still ongoing, so as not to give the appearance that he has anything to hide. That's what he did on the Sunday shows. Several officials who worked on the Clinton probe also worked on the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, but the report found no evidence that political leanings affected any decisions made during the Clinton probe.

The comments from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer come after the Justice Department's inspector general released a 500-page report about the behavior of senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials during the 2016 election. Nevertheless, Giuliani supports the idea of having Horowitz investigate the origins of the Russian Federation probe to determine whether it's trustworthy.

"Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe". Giuliani did not provide a basis for his assertions about the investigation's illegitimacy.

Both of the agents held top positions in both the FBI's Clinton and Trump investigations.

Here are a few of the high points, the questions they answer and the questions they raise.

"It's crying out for someone to investigate the investigators", Giuliani said.

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"The top people were awful", Trump said.

The President on Friday took issue with the report's conclusion.

His comments come after onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail last week after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in the Russian Federation investigation. Manafort was taken into custody and transported to a jail in Virginia about 90 miles south of Washington.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who oversaw the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state, worked on the Russian Federation probe but was taken off the investigation after his personal criticisms of Trump in text messages to a colleague were published. "Well I don't think it exonerates him", Giuliani told ABC News in a phone interview Saturday.

Earlier this week, Mr. Giuliani called for Mr. Mueller's suspension as special counsel. The five who have pleaded guilty include Michael T. Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who admitted to lying to investigators and is cooperating with Mueller's team.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

"I guess I should clarify this once and for all - I think I have - the president has issued no pardons in this investigation; the president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation", Giuliani told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"What I mean is, you're not going to get a pardon just because you're involved in this investigation", he said.

But, he added, "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States".

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