Giuliani: Trump shouldn't issue pardons in Russia investigation
As long as Rudy Giuliani is serving as President Donald Trumpâs lawyer, heâll advise the president to say no to pardons in the Russia investigation, Giuliani told CNNâs Jake Tapper on Sunday morning.
âThe president has issued no pardons in this investigation," Giuliani said on "State of the Union.â "The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation."
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âAnd my advice to him, as long as Iâm his lawyer, is not to do it," he added. "Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or anybody being pardoned.â
But that doesnât mean that pardons couldnât still be an option down the road, Giuliani added â" but Giuliani himself will be staying out of it.
âWhen itâs over, hey, heâs the president of the United States. He retains his pardon power,â he explained. âNobodyâs taking that away from him. He can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Dep artment, counselâs office, not me. Iâm out of it. And I shouldnât be involved in that process because Iâm probably too rooted in his defense, but I couldnât and I donât want to take prerogatives away from him.â
Tapperâs questions were prompted by the recent jailing of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in a witness-tampering case.
Giulianiâs comments come just a few days after the New York Daily News reported that he had said the Russia investigation could be âcleaned upâ thanks to presidential pardons â" but Giuliani has stuck to his âno pardonsâ bottom line, telling CNNâs Chris Cuomo on Saturday that he has continued to advise the president against offering pardons, lest the administration lose the momentum he says it currently has in the case.Source: Google News Russia | Netizen 24 Russia