"Let's not lock 'em up, let's elect Dan", Giuliani said after attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn broke into chants calling for jailing Federal Bureau of Investigation officials criticized in the recent Justice Department inspector general report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington, May 5, 2018.
Giuliani said Sunday, June 17, 2018, that President Donald Trump might pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and others ensnared in the Russian Federation investigation once special counsel Robert Mueller's work is finished, calling it unnecessary for now as the White House seeks to push a rapid end to the year-long probe.
Giuliani also addressed a possible interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, saying, "Mueller only gets an interview after he gets thoroughly investigated and we determine his conflicts, the biases and prejudices of his staff".
The prospect of presidential pardons has been heavily discussed in the two days since former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail for allegedly tampering with witnesses in the case against him.
Giuliani said Trump would look into those who were treated "unfairly" in the investigation. There should be a full and complete [inspector general] report and grand jury investigation of what happened here, after it became the Russian Federation probe.
"I think it would be more helpful if the president never mentioned the word "pardon" again with respect to the investigation", Sen. Giuliani on Sunday said the investigation was "unfair" and there was no criminality involved.
The report, released Thursday, called Comey's actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation "extraordinary and insubordinate" and flouted the department's norms, but concluded that Comey was not motivated by political bias. The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax. "Double Standard!" His reference to "Crooked Hillary" is his oft-repeated pejorative for his 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Translation: Yes, as a fellow opponent of Trump, I want to get onto this investigation to bring him down.
Trump fired Comey in May past year, later admitting that the Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he did so, which in turn ramped up suspicions of obstruction of justice. "We are in rather sensitive negotiations with them", Giuliani said on CBS.
"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.
"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 president wants to do it".
"I believe that Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions have a chance to redeem themselves and that chance comes about tomorrow and doesn't go beyond tomorrow", he said.
"I doubt it", he said. "It is news to me".