Giuliani calls for an end to 'impeachment' talk


CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday cornered Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over the president's false statement to the New York Times, asking if it's "wrong" to lie to the American people.

Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington, May 5, 2018.

Donald Trump's personal lawyer on Sunday called for an investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, claiming it was tainted from the outset under former FBI director James Comey.

"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated, not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe, that began with Peter Strzok in charge", Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail last week to await trial on more than 20 charges as part of the special counsel's probe. "I don't know, but I want to find out before I go forward", Giuliani said when pressed about Strzok. Manafort is accused of witness tampering in a criminal case that stems from his lobbying efforts for Ukraine years before he was a top Trump aide for almost five months during the 2016 campaign.

"Let me make it clear, right now, anybody listening", Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo, "He is not going to pardon anybody in this investigation".

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". Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion.

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"Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this".

"I just said a bunch of illegal things", Giuliani said.

That pre-emptive defense came after Giuliani said on ABC's This Week that Trump "has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't".

If Trump refuses to answer questions from federal investigators, Mueller could issue a grand jury subpoena, which Trump's lawyers have said they would fight - setting up both sides for a potentially protracted and politically perilous constitutional confrontation likely to go eventually to the Supreme Court.

The investigation, which he said should be led by the Justice Department, should look into the special counsel "not necessarily because of Mueller but because of its genesis in this nearly completely illegal and unethical probe".

On Wednesday, it was reported that Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney and self-styled "fixer", had dropped his legal team.

Yet the report did accuse five FBI officials, including former top counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, of exhibiting anti-Trump bias and former FBI director James Comey of insubordination and poor judgment.