Giuliani: Trump is 'not going to issue pardons' during Mueller investigation

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House Friday

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House Friday

"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons", Giuliani told the New York Daily News.

Giuliani said the Manafort development all but took off the table the prospect of Trump sitting down for an interview with Mueller. "Wackadoodles", Giuliani said at the rally Saturday, invoking the historic Manhattan hospital's notorious psychiatric ward while gesturing to his head with wide eyes. Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko, a witness in the Russian Federation investigation who testified before the grand jury, told ABC News that numerous questions from Mueller's team focused on Cohen and his relationship with Russian Federation.

Echoing his boss' factually dubious claims, Giuliani said a scathing report released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday shows the Mueller team is "tainted".

Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort. Nobody's taking that away from him. Manafort, who had been previously living under house arrest, is facing a new round of allegations which accuse him of using various encrypted forms of communication to contact other witnesses in the Mueller probe for the goal of tampering with their testimony.

The president was asked by reporters Friday about the possibility of pardons for some of the former members of his campaign and White House. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".

"If the president counsels crimes personally or participates in a crime personally", Sunstein said, "and then exercises the pardon power so as to shelter the people who engaged in those crimes, the Virginia debate is very clear. Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion", Trump wrote.

"Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this".

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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.

Trump seized on the findings of the Justice Department Inspector General, claiming the report provides evidence of deep bias against him at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and "exonerates" him from allegations of collusion with Moscow and obstruction of justice.

"No, he won't. We'll stop it", Strzok replied back.

"When it's over? Hey, he's the President of the United States, he retains his pardon power", Giuliani said.

Yet the report did accuse five FBI officials, including former top counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, of exhibiting anti-Trump bias and former FBI director James Comey of insubordination and poor judgment.

The inspector general's report said it would continue investigating FBI officials who received tickets to sporting games and other things of value from reporters.

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