Donald Trump's lead lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has walked back earlier his earlier suggestion that the president might pardon the targets in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
"Doesn't mean that anybody should rely on it", Giuliani added later in his answer, noting other presidents who he said had issued pardons "in these political investigations".
The tension surrounding the investigation escalated on Friday, when a U.S. District Court judge revoked Manafort's bail after Mueller's team brought new charges of witness tampering, alleging that Manafort tried to influence two government witnesses who might testify against him at trial.
Giuliani, who worked as a federal prosecutor for almost a decade, claimed he had seen no evidence to warrant Manafort being sent to jail. Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko, a witness in the Russian Federation investigation who testified before the grand jury, told ABC News that numerous questions from Mueller's team focused on Cohen and his relationship with Russian Federation.
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He went on to say that pardons weren't out of the picture, but would have to wait until the investigation was over.
There is no indication when Mueller's investigation might end.
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During a interview late Saturday night with ABC, Donald Trump's legal spokesperson Rudy Giuliani said he disagreed with the president's contention that the recently released inspector general's report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation exonerates Trump.
Giuliani and Trump have been frequent critics of the special counsel's probe, often calling for its conclusion and seeking to undermine its legitimacy.
Giuliani pushed back Sunday on the notion that in discussing his pardon power, the president had been suggesting doing anything untoward. "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax". Page pinged Strzok and said: Don't you want to join an investigation that could lead to impeachment?
"I certainly didn't know about it", Giuliani said. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured the president that he wouldn't be roped into the Southern District of New York's investigation.
But he added that he "couldn't possibly" agree to an interview with Mueller "until we know how badly this investigation" was affected by bias among FBI agents castigated in the recently released inspector general's report.
Giuliani, however, said the exchange showed a clear flaw in the special counsel's investigation and called on Mueller's work to be suspended.
As part of that investigation, Mueller's team is reviewing whether Trump sought to obstruct the probe when he fired FBI Director James Comey a year ago.