Report: Giuliani, Trump Discussed Pardon
Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani as recently as last week reportedly discussed the president issuing a pre-emptive pardon to his personal attorney before he leaves office Jan. 20.
The New York Times is reporting that two people who were told of the discussion said it isn’t clear whether Trump or Giuliani first raised the topic. They said the recent discussion isn’t the first time they have talked about Trump pardoning Giuliani. The Times report says that Trump has not yet indicated what he will do.
It’s not known exactly what criminal activity Giuliani might be seeking a pardon for, but he has been under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Manhattan since last year in connection with his efforts to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine removed and get that country to investigate President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Giuliani did not respond to a request from The New York Times seeking comment. His spokeswoman told the newspaper, “Mayor Giuliani cannot comment on any discussions that he has with his client.” There was no response from Trump or the White House to a request for comment.
There has been much speculation about who and how many people might be on Trump’s list of pardon candidates. Last week he pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia. Many in GOP circles are making the case for presidential pardons for Steve Bannon, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. And just last night Sean Hannity said that Trump should pardon himself and his entire family, but again there was no mention of what specific criminal exposure they might all have.