Trump 'could issue pardons after Russian Federation probe', lawyer Rudy Giuliani claims

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani clashed with his boss over the weekend in his interpretation of the results of a Justice Department inspector general report released last week.

Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that President Trump isn't planning on pardoning former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and other allies caught up in the special counsel's probe but wouldn't rule out that possibility once the investigation ends. In an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn, the president told reporters "the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

Giuliani says Trump retains his right to pardon and could do so after special counsel Robert Mueller's report is complete, if people were treated "unfairly".

Giuliani denied that Trump was trying to send a message to Paul Manafort, who was the 2016 chairman for almost five months, or others to refrain from cooperating with prosecutors.

But he didn't rule out Trump pardoning people after the investigation was done. "Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe".

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.

He called for investigating the investigators, based on the conduct of a handful of FBI agents involved in what would become the Trump-Russia investigation, in their work on a separate probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. 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". Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion. The ruling came after Robert Mueller's investigators alleged Manafort had attempted to tamper with witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation. There should be a full and complete [inspector general] report and grand jury investigation of what happened here, after it became the Russian Federation probe. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others?

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

Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mueller's team since the end of past year over terms of an interview. "The president wants to do it".

Also on Sunday, The Washington Post reported that Roger Stone, a one-time Trump adviser, has admitted meeting a Russian national who was offering dirt on Clinton in May 2016, but said the man wanted money and nothing came of it. "It is news to me".