Giuliani: Time to probe Mueller

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2018

But Stone and Michael Caputo say they believe the man was an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant trying to set them up.

Also on Sunday, The Washington Post reported that Roger Stone, a one-time Trump adviser, has admitted meeting a Russian national who was offering dirt on Clinton in May 2016, but said the man wanted money and nothing came of it.

One of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers said Sunday he is advising him to not pardon anyone linked to the year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election because it would "just cloud" the perception that there was wrong-doing.

"The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation", Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"That kind of investigation should not go forward", he said.

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.

When asked to clarify his statement the interviewer was met with laughter from the Republican New Yorker.

"The President has issued no pardons in this investigation", Giuliani told CNN's Jake Tapper.

"When it's over, he's still the president of the United States". He retains his pardon power. "I couldn't and I don't want to take any prerogatives away from him". "He can pardon, in his judgment".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed last week, prompting new questions whether Trump might pardon him.

Trump called the jailing of Manafort "very unfair".

Mr. Trump also took aim at Mr. Comey - who he fired in May 2017.

If Giuliani's suggestion is implemented, it would start the biggest clash of Trump's presidency. Some of the officials who worked on the Clinton investigation also worked on the FBI's Russian Federation probe, but the report did not find that political bias had tainted the Clinton review.

But he added that he "couldn't possibly" agree to an interview with Mueller "until we know how badly this investigation" was affected by bias among FBI agents castigated in the recently released inspector general's report.

"I don't think that's the interpretation", Giuliani responded.

Under committee rules the chairman can issue a subpoena two days after the ranking member is notified. If you're going to do it, probably this is the time to do it, to cut it off.

Giuliani pointed to "troubling unethical behavior" among some Justice Department (DOJ) officials that he said had tainted Muller's probe. "The president wants to do it".

"We don't expect prosecutions to come out of what happened today; we do expect real changes to be done at the highest career level, as it should be", he said.

Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mueller's team since the end of past year over terms of an interview.

Giuliani said he expects to make a decision by July 4 as to whether Mr. Trump's personal legal team will cooperate and do an interview, or whether they will fight that request.

Later on Sunday, Giuliani said on CBS's Face the Nation that he would continue to push for such an internal review as a condition in the ongoing negotiations with Mueller who is seeking an interview with Trump in the Russian Federation inquiry.

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