With less than two days remaining until Donald Trump’s presidency comes to an end, Rudy Giuliani is responding to reports that presidential pardons have been a marketed commodity in the administration. While he and Trump have both been accused of selling pardons or trading them for other favors, Giuliani is denying his own involvement in any such scheme.
According to the Guardian, former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was convicted for leaking information about operatives, spoke to an associate of Giuliani’s about a pardon. Kiriakou told another associate that the middleman had said getting a pardon from Trump would cost $2 million.
Trump had previously been accused of trading pardons for protection and favors. He was accused of offering to pardon those who lied for him during the Mueller investigation, and GQ reported in 2019 that White House officials had shared that some aides worried that Trump was pressuring them to break laws to get the southern border wall built more quickly. The president reportedly responded by promising pardons to anyone who broke the law on his behalf.
Now Giuliani is denying his own involvement in such matters — but he isn’t weighing in on whether his top client is guilty as charged.
The claims that I asked for, or received, any compensation for a pardon for myself or anyone else is false, defamatory, and malicious.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 18, 2021
Giuliani tweeted Monday afternoon to declare that he had not sold or tried to sell any pardons, and that to say so was “false, defamatory, and malicious.”
Serving as the president’s legal representation, Giuliani has embroiled himself in controversy, especially over the last two months of reiterating false and unsupported claims about election fraud. He could be facing serious repercussions, including, the New York Law Journal reports, disbarrment, for actions including his call for ‘trial by combat’ before a MAGA mob attacked the U.S. Capitol building.
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