Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe

Clay Curtis
June 17, 2018

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told CBS News correspondent Paula Reid on Friday that he advised Mr. Trump not to issue any pardons until the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His comments came a day after the Justice Department watchdog released a report critical of how former FBI Director James Comey handled the 2016 Hillary Clinton email probe.

While polls have shown a majority of Americans believe Trump should co-operate with the investigation, recent polling suggests an increasing number of people have begun to view the investigation as politically motivated. "Every FBI agent should demand that that man be fired and tomorrow, Mueller should suspend his investigation, and he should go see Rod Rosenstein, who created him, and the deputy attorney general and Attorney General Sessions, who should now step up big time to save his department", the former New York City mayor told Hannity on Thursday.

The specter of a presidential pardon has been prominent in the days since Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russian Federation probe, migrant family separation Trump must resist temptation to pardon Manafort for real crimes Outrageous political bias determined the course of the Clinton "investigation" MORE, the former Trump campaign chairman, was sent to jail on Friday after he allegedly tampered with a witness.

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

"No, he won't. We'll stop it", Strzok replied back.

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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.

"Strzok should be in jail by the end of next week".

He said the messages indicted to a clear fault in the special counsel's probe and called on it to be suspended.

Trump on Friday dismissed a misleading statement he gave a year ago about a clandestine meeting between top members of his campaign and Russian nationals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

"I'm very proud because he's got that spirit", Giuliani said of Trump.

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