Rudy Giuliani Renews Calls for Justice Department to Investigate Russia Probe

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2018

Still, he reasserted Mr. Trump's authority to issue pardons.

"If you read the IG report, I've been totally exonerated", Trump said Friday of the 500-page report issued a day earlier by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

"The president is not going to issue a pardon in this investigation", Rudy Giuliani said.

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.

Giuliani said Trump would look into those who were treated "unfairly" in the investigation.

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.

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

"When it's over? Hey, he's the President of the United States, he retains his pardon power", Giuliani said.

The report actually focused on decisions by former FBI Director James Comey in the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, well before Trump fired Comey and Mueller was named to take over the separate inquiry.

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"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons", the former NY mayor told the Daily News.

The internal report reviewed one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton.

In an ironic twist, Horowitz also found that Comey himself conducted Federal Bureau of Investigation business using his personal email account in a manner "inconsistent with Department policy".

Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor and part of Trump's legal team, told CNN, "You're not going to get a pardon because you're involved" in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. 'You're not going to need pardons.

Trump has not yet spoken to Mueller as part of the probe, and Giuliani suggested Sunday that he should not do so under oath - pointing to Trump's recent backpedaling on how he characterized his son Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer as evidence of why it's hard to sort out "a lot of different recollections".

'If we did have it. obviously what we would really like something in writing, responded to in writing. Trump reacted by playing down Manafort's role in his campaign. 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.

'There might be a narrow area that we could all agree on, ' he said.

Giuliani said they'd prefer that Trump sit for a two-hour interview and Mueller's team probably wants four, 'so let's settle at 3'. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".

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