President Donald Trump on Saturday continued to try to capitalize on the Justice Department's internal watchdog report on the department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in an attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons", the former NY mayor told the Daily News.
Manafort will be in jail for the next three months awaiting trial on charges that now include witness tampering. Trump expressed his sympathy for Manafort tweeting, "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns".
Giuliani, speaking on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, claimed that "troubling, unethical behaviors" among some in the Justice Department had tainted the Mueller probe, which began as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.
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Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons. "Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind".
President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he believed his former campaign manager Paul Manafort received a tough sentence and wondered why the same hasn't happened for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Giuliani said, seemingly referring to the inspector general's report released Thursday.
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Echoing Giuliani's view, former White House strategist Steve Bannon said there was no need for pardons because Trump could disrupt the Russian Federation investigation by firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller.
Later, he told a different reporter that Trump will not use his pardon power while the investigation is ongoing, but may exercise it after the probe has ended.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she thought it would be "more helpful if the president never mentioned the word pardon again with respect to the Russian investigation because he wants to get that Russian investigation completed". Another close associate of President Trump, Roger Stone, as the Inquisitr reported today, admitted meeting with a Russian national who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton.
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".
"As I looked at the predicating information, as I looked at the facts as we understood them from. the allegations that Russian Federation had these emails, and offered to members of the Trump campaign to release them".
Strzok was faulted for his anti-Trump bias in the inspector general report, but the report also concluded that the bias did not impact the Clinton investigation. "I don't know, but I want to find out before I go forward", Giuliani said.
"Strzok should be in jail by the end of next week", Mr. Giuliani said.