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Trump 'could issue pardons after Russian Federation probe', lawyer Rudy Giuliani claims

18 June 2018

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News talking head Sean Hannity that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe should be suspended "tomorrow" and named a list of people he thinks should be in jail.

"Doesn't mean that anybody should rely on it", Giuliani added later in his answer, noting other presidents who he said had issued pardons "in these political investigations". Shortly after his appointment, the investigation into Russian 2016 election collusion expanded, reaching the Trump Campaign, and President Trump himself. The text messages, which prompted his removal from special counsel Robert Mueller's team past year, have been Exhibit A in the case Trump and his conservative allies have made that Mueller's probe is biased against Trump.

Giuliani said Trump would look into those who were treated "unfairly" in the investigation. Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko, a witness in the Russian Federation investigation who testified before the grand jury, told ABC News that numerous questions from Mueller's team focused on Cohen and his relationship with Russian Federation.

On Sunday, Giuliani described Trump's criterion for any pardon: prosecutorial unfairness, in the eyes of the president.

"I certainly didn't know about it", Giuliani said. "That's why you don't want to go under oath until everything is settled and you're sure of your recollection".

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Later, he told a different reporter that Trump will not use his pardon power while the investigation is ongoing, but may exercise it after the probe has ended.

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.

"I just said a bunch of illegal things", Mr. Giuliani said.

Giuliani called for Mueller to suspend his investigation after Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his highly anticipated report on Thursday. "Nobody is taking that away from him, and he can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department counsel's office", he continued.

There is no indication when Mueller's investigation might end.

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Giuliani's remarks come two days after Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail to await trial on more than 20 charges as part of the special counsel's probe. The way Ronald Reagan did,"he added, when asked about conditions for a interview". "You're not going to need pardons".

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

The president said Friday that the IG report "totally exonerates me".

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

In a statement, Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said: "The IG concluded that there is no evidence that the political views of Special Agent Strzok and others in the FBI impacted the handling of the Clinton email investigation".

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Trump 'could issue pardons after Russian Federation probe', lawyer Rudy Giuliani claims