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Charges include bank fraud, and money laundering. Five people, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates have pleaded guilty.

And when asked about the changing story on the Trump Tower meeting that Donald Trump Jr. and other members of the campaign had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, Giuliani said differing recollections of events were why testimony under oath needed to be treated carefully. "You put a guy in jail if he's trying to kill witnesses, not just talking to witnesses". The text messages, which prompted his removal from special counsel Robert Mueller's team previous year, have been Exhibit A in the case Trump and his conservative allies have made that Mueller's probe is biased against Trump.

Citing findings in last week's Justice Department inspector general's report related to the conduct of two senior FBI agents, the former mayor called for a review of the origins of the Russian Federation investigation. Evidence of this are text messages counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page exchanged, Trump's lawyer says. In addition to Clinton, Trump believes Comey is a criminal.

Mr. Giuliani, who joined President Trump's legal team in April, said in a TV interview that former FBI Director Robert Mueller did not necessarily do anything wrong but that the probe he leads has become unethical and possibly illegal, thus calling for an investigation into its origins.

"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated, not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe, that began with Peter Strzok in charge". "I think that we would prefer questions and written answers", he said.

"They've gone back 12 years to find things about somebody, and I don't think it's right", he said. "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax. Double Standard!" His reference to "Crooked Hillary" is his oft-repeated pejorative for his 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons.

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail last week to await trial on more than 20 charges as part of the special counsel's probe.

"This is a case where it's crying out for someone to investigate the investigators", Giuliani said.

"And my advice to him, as long as I'm his lawyer, is not to do it", he said. Giuliani said he is opposed to having an interview but "the president wants to do it so we have to sort through it".


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