Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe
Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe
18 June, 2018, 11:16
"There was total bias", Trumptold Fox News' "Fox and Friends", adding that "it was a pretty good report", but the "IG blew it at the very end".
FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. "Let's stop the possibility of a ridiculous impeachment".
The Russia probe, Guiliani says, is illegal because of its genesis, and not because of Special Counsel Robert Mueller who, Trump's lawyer claims, should not be investigated.
"When it's over? Hey, he's the President of the United States", said Giuliani. "But what they've been doing to him is heartless, it's cruel".
"It's crying out for somebody to investigate the investigators", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation".
"I don't think Mueller and his people need to be investigated unless something comes out of that", Giuliani added.
"I mean, when you look at Peter Strzok and what he said about me, when you look at [James] Comey and all his moves".
The internal watchdog's report detailed a series of failures by the top federal officials in charge of the Clinton email investigation ahead of the election, but concluded no political bias impacted the investigation.
Here are a few of the high points, the questions they answer and the questions they raise.
"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated", Giuliani said.
"The president has issued no pardons in this investigation". Page pinged Strzok and said: Don't you want to join an investigation that could lead to impeachment? "Nobody is taking that away from him".
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.
Giuliani called for Mueller to suspend his investigation after Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his highly anticipated report on Thursday.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons.
"The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation", he said on CNN.
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.
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. "Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion".
"That's why you don't want to go under oath", Giuliani said.
More recently, the President has signaled a hope that the inspector general's report will vindicate his instincts on Comey. It also said some FBI agents showed anti-Trump bias, but that bias did not affect the investigation.
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Adopt a policy addressing the appropriateness of employees discussing the conduct of uncharged individuals in public statements . In one Strzok-Page text exchange cited in the report , Page asked on August 8, 2016 whether Trump would become president.
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