President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, denied reports that he had asked the commander-in-chief for a pardon before his planned resignation from the White House in January next year.
After his appearance at a hearing in Michigan on alleged election fraud in the state, Giuliani was asked to comment on allegations that he wanted to be pardoned by Trump before he left office in the new year.
“Mr. Giuliani, what is your response to the allegations that you are seeking a pardon,” WWMT news reporter Rachel Louise Just asked the president’s personal lawyer. Giuliani replied that he was not seeking a pardon and laughed at the question.
However, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that the President had consulted advisors on the question of whether or not to pardon Giuliani, along with his children and son-in-law, while he was still in the President’s power.
GUARD: I asked Giuliani if he would seek a pardon from Trump, as new reports say.
His answer? “I have not been pardoned.” pic.twitter.com/QgCnpsEONU
– Rachel Louise Just (@RLJnews) December 3, 2020
As the newspaper reports, Trump sought the advice of his advisors because he feared that the Justice Department of President-elect Joe Biden would initiate proceedings against his children and the former mayor of New York City when he took office in mid-January.
CNN also reported on Wednesday that Giuliani was among a number of staffers who had approached Trump and asked for a pardon before he left office, citing a source familiar with the talks.
At a press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked bluntly whether or not the President had considered pardoning his children or Giuliani before he left the Oval Office.
“I have heard no reference to a pardon in any of the conversations I have had in the White House, with the exception of the pardon of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, a three-star General, whom I have spoken about before from this podium, whose life was ruined,” she replied.
Regarding allegations that a federal investigation was being conducted into an alleged “bribery for pardon,” the press secretary later added that no one in the administration had been questioned by federal officials.
The “bribery for pardon” investigation was uncovered after the district court in Washington, D.C. partially unsealed a court file in connection with the search of an unidentified office. According to the largely redacted document, an unknown person offered “a substantial political contribution” in exchange for a pardon.
On Wednesday, after the document was unsealed, it was published in social media, Trump said: “Pardon investigation is fake news!