Giuliani: Trump not issuing Russian Federation investigation pardons during probe

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Mr. Giuliani has stepped up his criticism after a report Thursday from the Justice Department's inspector general that criticized former FBI Director James Comey for his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

President Donald Trump's attorney said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election should itself be the subject of a Justice Department examination. "And my advice to him, you know, as long as I'm his lawyer, is not to do it because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind".

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, said on Sunday that Trump isn't issuing any pardons in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but could after the probe was closed.

Giuliani raised the prospect that the president was considering pardons late last week, after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed for violating terms of his bail in Washington. Holding up a copy of the 500-page report, Giuliani criticized the behavior of former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including ex-director James Comey and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

"When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States, he retains his pardon power, nobody's taking that away from him", Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether Trump would pardon Manafort should he be convicted.

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Giuliani, speaking on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, claimed that "troubling, unethical behaviors" among some in the Justice Department had tainted the Mueller probe, which began as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

"How much did he infect that probe with his own very, very extreme positions?"

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

Giuliani added that Trump's legal team would try to limit any interview with Mueller "to some specific questions about the heart of the probe" that they think "could be answered quickly" - in about three hours, he said.

Giuliani and Trump have been frequent critics of the special counsel's probe, often calling for its conclusion and seeking to undermine its legitimacy.

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He singled out Mr. Strzok, who, in a text message with his paramour Lisa Page, assured her that Mr. Trump wasn't going to win the election because "We'll stop it".

"There's a lot of unfairness out there, but we don't know the scope of it", Giuliani said.

"Instead of investigating President Trump, they should go to Bellevue". He did not specify how soon any pardons could be expected, but indicated that such action would come after the Mueller investigation.

Citing findings in last week's Justice Department inspector general's report related to the conduct of two senior FBI agents, the former mayor called for a review of the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller is reportedly seeking to conclude the investigation this summer, according to The Washington Post.

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