Rudy Giuliani, a leading attorney for President Donald Trump, on Friday floated the possibility that Trump may use his presidential pardon power to "clean up" special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign.
"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons," Giuliani told the New York Daily News. At the time, Giuliani did not provide additional context or explain who Trump may pardon.
However, hours after the comments spread like wildfire, Giuliani responded and seemingly backtracked from his original comments.
What did he say?
Giuliani told a Wall Street Journal reporter that Trump will not pardon anyone involved in the investigation.
"No he will not do it, based on my advice and all our team," Giuliani told the reporter, via text message.
Rudy Giuliani earlier today told @NYDailyNews that the Mueller investigation “might get cleaned up” with presidenti… https://t.co/P5Vah6utyM— Rebecca Ballhaus (@Rebecca Ballhaus) 1529095209.0
Later, he told a different reporter that Trump will not use his pardon power while the investigation is ongoing, but may exercise it after the probe has ended.
Giuliani tells me he advised POTUS not to pardon anyone before Mueller probe ends & POTUS agrees. But pardons possible *after* Mueller probe— Paula Reid (@Paula Reid) 1529098752.0
In comments to another reporter, Giuliani reportedly said pardons are completely off the table.
Finally, during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Giuliani confirmed that Trump will not pardon anyone, but explained the president also will not relinquish his pardon power.
"Let me make it clear right now, he's not going to pardon anybody in this investigation, but he is not, obviously, going to give up his right to pardon if a miscarriage of justice is presented to him after the investigation," Giuliani said.
US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani tells CNN's @ChrisCuomo that Trump will not pardon anyone involved… https://t.co/j44yHzOKg8— CNN International (@CNN International) 1529114835.0