Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Giuliani: No Pardons on Russia Will Be Issued Since 'No Criminality' Found

Giuliani: No Pardons on Russia Will Be Issued Since 'No Criminality' Found

"We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized", Giuliani, a former NY mayor and federal prosecutor, told the Post in an interview Friday. The investigation so far has led to charges against 20 people, five of whom have agreed to guilty pleas. That's what he did on the Sunday shows.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated not because necessarily of Mueller but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe", he said.

"This is a case where it's crying out for someone to investigate the investigators", Giuliani said.

Strzok was one of the lead investigators during the probe into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's alleged use of private email server. "Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion", Trump wrote.

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

"The top people were terrible", Trump said.

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The president took to Twitter Sunday morning to condemn the investigation.

The ruling came after Robert Mueller's investigators alleged Manafort had attempted to tamper with witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation. Manafort was taken into custody and transported to a jail in Virginia about 90 miles south of Washington.

Manafort, who was involved with the campaign from March to August 2016, had been on house arrest after being indicted last October on conspiracy and money-laundering charges stemming from his work with a pro-Russian politician in Ukraine.

Although Trump has sought to distance himself from Manafort by minimizing his campaign role, Manafort joined Trump's team in early 2016 and was campaign chairman until August, including during the critical weeks culminating in Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention.

And when asked about the changing story on the Trump Tower meeting that Donald Trump Jr. and other members of the campaign had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, Giuliani said differing recollections of events were why testimony under oath needed to be treated carefully.

Earlier this week, Mr. Giuliani called for Mr. Mueller's suspension as special counsel.

The report also criticized FBI agent Strzok and former FBI lawyer Page, who were having an affair, for exchanging anti-Trump text messages that "cast a cloud" over the credibility of the investigation, but found no evidence "that these political views directly affected the specific investigative decisions that we reviewed".

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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.

"The president has issued no pardons in this investigation".

He went on to say that pardons weren't out of the picture, but would have to wait until the investigation was over.

But, he added, "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States".

Giuliani pushed back Sunday on the notion that in discussing his pardon power, the president had been suggesting doing anything untoward. "Nobody is taking that away from him, and he can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department counsel's office", he continued.

Mr. Giuliani also addressed whether the president might pardon people caught up in Mr. Mueller's investigation. Appearing after Giuliani on CBS, Sen.

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