Rudy Giuliani Renews Calls for Justice Department to Investigate Russia Probe

Rudy Giuliani Renews Calls for Justice Department to Investigate Russia Probe

Rudy Giuliani Renews Calls for Justice Department to Investigate Russia Probe

White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he is convicted - but only after special counsel Robert Mueller III has completed his investigation.

Mr. Giuliani, who joined President Trump's legal team in April, said in a TV interview that former FBI Director Robert Mueller did not necessarily do anything wrong but that the probe he leads has become unethical and possibly illegal, thus calling for an investigation into its origins.

Manafort is accused of witness tampering in a criminal case that stems from his lobbying efforts for Ukraine years before he was a top Trump aide for almost five months during the 2016 campaign. US intelligence agencies concluded early a year ago that Russian Federation had sought to help Trump by meddling in the USA election, and the FBI began investigating those efforts during the 2016 campaign, a probe that has continued and expanded since.

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". What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others?

Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor and part of Trump's legal team, told CNN, "You're not going to get a pardon because you're involved" in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I'm saying what led up to the special counsel". In addition to Clinton, Trump believes Comey is a criminal. "I think that we would prefer questions and written answers", he said.

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Giuliani's comments were the latest in a barrage of attacks on the probe by the president and his lawyers as Mueller appears to be nearing a conclusion to his investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

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.

Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mueller's team since the end of a year ago over terms of an interview. Susan Collins of Maine said, "I think it would be more helpful if the president never mentioned the word pardon again with respect to the investigation".

"I certainly didn't know about it", Giuliani said.

As a leading counterintelligence expert, Strzok was involved in opening the investigation into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

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