President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani broke his streak of silence on Friday after former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sent to jail, with a bold claim that Trump could issue presidential pardons to some of the people whom Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller has targeted.
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“When this whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News hours after a Washington, D.C., judge revoked Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail until his trial in September on charges around his business deals that appeared to favor Russia.
Manafort violated his bail terms for alleged witness tampering, a federal judge ruled. But Giuliani, who worked as a federal prosecutor for close to 10 years and is a former New York City mayor, said he did not see evidence to justify ordering Manafort to jail.