Giuliani says lawyers have approached him seeking Trump's pardon: NY Times

Giuliani says lawyers have approached him seeking Trump's pardon: NY Times
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that multiple people facing scrutiny from the Justice Department in connection with Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's special counsel probe have reached out to him about the potential of a presidential pardon.

In an interview with The New York Times, Giuliani did not indicate whose lawyers had been in contact with him but said he had conveyed to their attorneys the president's firm opposition to granting pardons until long after Mueller's investigation had concluded.

Giuliani's answer reportedly came in response to a question from the Times about potential pardon discussions between him and a lawyer who, at the time, was in talks with Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenStormy Daniels reaches settlement with Michael Cohen, ex-lawyer  Trump associate gave US government Osama bin Laden's phone number, judge says The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again MORE about legal representation.


“I always gave one answer, and they always left disappointed,” the former New York City mayor told the Times.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

The New York Times report comes a day after The Wall Street Journal reported that an attorney for Cohen raised the idea of a possible pardon with Trump attorneys following the FBI's raid of his home and office. 

Stephen Ryan allegedly discussed the possibility of a pardon with Jay Sekulow, Giuliani and Joanna Hendon in the weeks following the FBI's raid of Cohen's home, hotel room and office while the group reviewed seized files that may have qualified for attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is currently awaiting a three-year prison sentence over charges of bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations related to payments he made to women alleging to have had affairs with Trump.

During testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee last week, Cohen expressed that he "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump." 

Cohen's lawyer and spokesperson, Lanny Davis, also has rejected the possibility of his client accepting a pardon from the president.

The president initially defended his longtime attorney after an FBI raid of his home and office but in recent months has directed a wave of criticism aimed at Cohen's credibility.

Several former members of the Trump campaign and associates of the president have faced criminal charges as a result of the ongoing Mueller investigation, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was found guilty of lying to investigators, and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine to press Biden investigation MORE, who was convicted of multiple financial crimes.

Cohen is one of 81 individuals and entities House Democrats requested documents from on Monday as part of a wide-ranging investigation into Trump's administration, business and campaign.