"The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation", he said on CNN.
"I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or pardoned". "Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind". Unlike former President Bill Clinton's videotaped testimony in the Whitewater investigation, Giuliani indicated his preference for that only the audio of the interview be recorded.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. He retains his pardon power. "Nobody is taking that away from him". U.S. District Judge Amy Berman ordered Manafort to spend his time in a jail cell awaiting his criminal trial. The five who have pleaded guilty include Michael T. Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who admitted to lying to investigators and is cooperating with Mueller's team.
"Well I don't think it exonerates him", Giuliani stated when asked about Trump's comments. "You put a guy in jail if he's trying to kill witnesses, not just talking to witnesses".
He called for investigating the investigators, based on the conduct of a handful of FBI agents involved in what would become the Trump-Russia investigation, in their work on a separate probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "There should be a full and complete IG report and grand jury investigation of what happened here, after it became the Russian Federation probe".
In one of the messages, Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence official Peter Strzok suggested that he might take action to "stop" Trump's candidacy. "In some respects, I'm sort of disappointed in him", said Giuliani.
"Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe". And I'm not really saying the special counsel. Stone's meeting has now resurfaced as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
"WITCH HUNT! There was no Russian Collusion", said Trump.
"As I looked at the predicating information, as I looked at the facts as we understood them from. the allegations that Russian Federation had these emails, and offered to members of the Trump campaign to release them. The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax", Trump tweeted on Sunday. "Double Standard!" His reference to "Crooked Hillary" is his oft-repeated pejorative for his 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump reacted by playing down Manafort's role in his campaign.
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".
"It's crying out for someone to investigate the investigators", Giuliani said. "The president wants to do it".
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".
"I doubt it", he said. "I'm not sure we can possibly recommend being questioned until we know how badly is this investigation infected by what Strzok did at the beginning".