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Giuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report

Rudy Giuliani has discussed the possibility with President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE that Giuliani could receive a presidential pardon, according to a report in The New York Times.

The Times reported Tuesday that the two men had the pardon discussion as recently as last week, though the newspaper said it is not clear who first raised the matter. It reported the two discussed the possibility of Trump preemptively pardoning Giuliani, who has not been charged with any crimes.

Shortly after the report was published, Giuliani fiercely denied that such a discussion took place, stating on Twitter that the Times is lying and that he "never had the discussion [that] they falsely attribute to an anonymous source."

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"Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMy Pillow CEO banned by Twitter The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires Dominion Voting Systems files .3B defamation suit against Giuliani MORE has responded that this report is false and such a conversation never happened. That should clarify the situation. It is just another false attack," Giuliani attorney Robert Costello told The Hill, in response to a request for comment.

The Times report, authored by two senior and well-respected reporters, Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats formally introduce impeachment article The Hill's Morning Report - Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC MORE and Michael S. Schmidt, comes as talk of pardons rises in Trump's orbit.

On Monday, Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism Almost 7 in 10 oppose Trump pardoning himself: poll Can the GOP break its addiction to show biz? MORE said that Trump should seek to issue a pardon to himself and that he should also pardon members of his family.

Hannity made the remarks while responding to an op-ed by a former member of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's office that argued Trump should be investigated and potentially prosecuted by the Biden administration. 

"If that's what they want to do, if Biden ever became president, I'd tell Trump to pardon yourself and pardon your family," Hannity said on his Fox News show late Monday.

Giuliani, who has been at the forefront of the Trump campaign's efforts to dispute the 2020 election results that rendered former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE the winner, has also previously talked with the president about a pardon for himself, the Times reported.

“Mayor Giuliani cannot comment on any discussions that he has with his client,” said Christianné Allen, a spokeswoman for Giuliani.