Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses to bring the year-long investigation to an end.
Giuliani denied that Trump was trying to send a message to Paul Manafort, the 2016 chairman for nearly five months, or others to refrain from co-operating with prosecutors. The former New York City mayor suggested that an end to the investigation could be in sight - either by undercutting the Mueller’s inquiry as illegitimate, or if necessary, by agreeing to a Trump interview with prosecutors under limited conditions.
“The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation,” Giuliani said. “Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind.”
But, he added, “When it’s over, he’s still the president. He retains his pardon power. Nobody is taking that away from him. He can pardon, in his judgement.”