Rudy Giuliani on Thursday demanded that special counsel Robert Mueller end his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying a recent Justice Department report showed a clear bias.
Tapper had asked about Giuliani's comments to the New York Daily News last week, in which he said, "When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons". Unlike former President Bill Clinton's videotaped testimony in the Whitewater investigation, Giuliani indicated his preference for that only the audio of the interview be recorded.
Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort. "I don't know, but I want to find out before I go forward", Giuliani said when pressed about Strzok's influence on the investigation.
"Not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very, now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe.
I don't like to see, and I know President Trump doesn't like the children taken away from their parents", Giuliani said.
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. "The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation, and my advice to him as long as I am his lawyer is not to do it because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind", Giuliani said. But he said that in the months to come pardons were "certainly not excluded" if Trump concluded "you've been treated unfairly".
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN. "I did nothing wrong, there was no obstruction".
The next day, Giuliani reiterated that the investigation should be suspended but said there should also be an investigation into Mueller's probe.
Signaling some openness to a Trump interview with Mueller's team, Giuliani outlined the possibility under narrow conditions and said he expected Trump to make a decision by July 4. "Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this". "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax", Trump tweeted on Sunday. "The president wants to do it". "I mean, it's happened", Mr. Giuliani replied.
The Washington Post has told the story before, and now the IG confirms it: In March 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation got ahold of "highly classified information", according to the report, that "included allegations of partisan bias" or attempts by Lynch to impede the Clinton email probe.
Meaning what? Not only did the Russians influence the conduct of American officials with a questionable document - the use of forgeries is a long-standing aspect of active measures - but also the American officials involved here knew the material nearly certainly wasn't real. "It is news to me".