Donald Trump's lead lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has walked back earlier his earlier suggestion that the president might pardon the targets in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured the president that he wouldn't be roped into the Southern District of New York's investigation.
He said he would advise Trump against such actions during the probe "Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind".
But the former New York City mayor said that after Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation concludes, Trump could decide otherwise.
"What I mean is you're not going to get a pardon just because you're involved in this investigation", Giuliani said.
Giuliani denied that Trump was trying to send a message to Paul Manafort, who was the 2016 chairman for almost five months, or others to refrain from cooperating with prosecutors.
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Rudy Giuliani said the Russian Federation investigation should be investigated.
"Hey, he's the president of the United States".
"That's why you don't want to go under oath", Giuliani said. "That's why you don't want to go under oath until everything is settled and you're sure of your recollection". He retains his pardon power.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Mueller is pressing to wrap up his findings by the end of summer and, in the words of former Republican leader Newt Gingrich, Trump and his allies were "prepared for war".
But he did accuse the Mueller investigation - yet again - of being "political" and rife with "unfairness", perhaps unfair enough to merit pardons for those who get caught by it. "Nobody is taking that away from him, and he can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department counsel's office", he continued.
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Strzok was faulted for his anti-Trump bias in the inspector general report, but the report also concluded that the bias did not impact the Clinton investigation. If you're going to do it, probably this is the time to do it, to cut it off. "He is not considering it and he will not even entertain thinking about it until after the investigation has been completed", he said.
In an interview on Fox News, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said the misconduct by FBI officials such as former director James Comey and Peter Strzok is so egregious that "Mueller should suspend his investigation".
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