IG report legitimizes Robert Mueller probe, Democrats say

Minnie Murray
June 18, 2018

Rudy Giuliani says President Donald Trump has no plans to issue pardons now in the Russian Federation investigation but could choose to do so once the special counsel's work is finished.

Trump claimed his original, false, explanation about the meeting was "irrelevant" because he gave the statement to the New York Times and not "a high tribunal of judges". "The President is not going to issue pardons in this investigation".

Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort.

"I don't think Mueller and his people need to be investigated unless something comes out of that", Giuliani added. "Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe".

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

Trump told Doocy that he is "actually proud because I beat the Clinton dynasty, I beat the Bush dynasty and now, I guess, hopefully, I'm in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence".

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN. Some of the officials who worked on the Clinton investigation also worked on the FBI's Russian Federation probe, but the report did not find that political bias had tainted the Clinton review.


But Trump has seized on the report as fodder for his decision to fire Comey last May.

Seeking to undermine Mueller's work, Trump and his lawyers have seized on a Justice Department inspector general's report on the 2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation that found insubordination and poor judgment at the FBI.

"I don't understand the justification for putting him in jail", Giuliani, 74, said. "Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion", Trump wrote.

"In a situation like this, there are going to be a lot of differing recollections and a lot of corrections are going to be necessary", Giuliani said.

Democrats said Thursday that the inspector general's new report should restore confidence in the FBI and erase questions about how the bureau is handling a probe into Trump campaign dealings with Russian Federation.

In a subsequent interview on Sunday with CBS's "Face The Nation" show, Giuliani said the Mueller probe should face both an internal government investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general and a grand jury probe. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others?

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".

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