Giuliani: Trump isn't planning to issue pardons during Russian Federation probe

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If Giuliani's suggestion is implemented, it would start the biggest clash of Trump's presidency.

"When it's over? Hey, he's the President of the United States", said Giuliani. Nobody's taking that away from him.

Manafort will remain in jail pending his trial beginning September 17. Charges include bank fraud, and money laundering. But Manafort has not been sentenced, a judge revoked his house arrest on allegations of witness tampering. In February this year, Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, and filed 32 additional charges against Manafort and Gates.

"I doubt" President Trump knew about Stone's meeting with someone going by the name of Henry Greenberg, Giuliani told Tapper.

"We want the Mueller probe to be investigated the way the Trump administration is being investigated", Mr. Giuliani said Sunday in an interview on CNN. In addition to Clinton, Trump believes Comey is a criminal.

Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses to bring the yearlong investigation to an end.

Giuliani also addressed a possible interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, saying, "Mueller only gets an interview after he gets thoroughly investigated and we determine his conflicts, the biases and prejudices of his staff".

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"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.

"I think that we would prefer questions and written answers".

Democrats said the inspector general's report blames some of the botched decision-making at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on then-Director James Comey's desire to go public with information about the status of the Clinton probe. Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? "Double Standard!" he added, referring to his 2016 Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons.

"Going back to Nixon, Ford. even Bush and Clinton. these pardons happened in these political investigations", Giuliani said.

"And my advice to him, as long as I'm his lawyer, is not to do it", he said. "The president wants to do it".

Signaling some openness to a Trump interview with Mueller's team, Giuliani outlined the possibility under narrow conditions and said he expected Trump to make a decision by July 4.