Donald Trump's fixer Rudy Giuliani 'has inquired about pre-emptive pardon'
Donald Trump’s legal fixer Rudy Giuliani has inquired with the president about the possibility of receiving a pre-emptive pardon, it is claimed. The former Mayor of New York City reportedly asked the president about getting a pardon, which could protect him from future criminal action, before Trump leaves office.
Giuliani has not been accused of any criminal conduct, although he is being probed by Manhattan prosecutors over his business dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani also helped oust former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as part of a plot which later resulted in impeachment proceedings against Trump.
A lawyer for Giuliani has denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
The New York Times reported that Trump and Giuliani have discussed the prospect of pre-emptive pardons – one that would be given before a person is charged, to protect them from legal action – on multiple occasions.
Giuliani, 76, hit the headlines last week when his hair dye trickled down his face during a rambling Washington DC press conference.
The cosmetic malfunction came while he and fellow lawyers made further claims of electoral fraud they say cost Trump the election.
Giuliani – who was once regarded as a national hero for his handling of the 9/11 terror attacks while NYC mayor – has continued to represent Trump, but his efforts to overturn states’ election results have yet to yield any results.
Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn last week. Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI in 2017, with Trump’s broad pardon protecting him from possible future legal action.
Trump is also rumored to be considering pardoning himself as he prepares to leave office next month.
He is also being probed by Manhattan prosecutors over his taxes and financial affairs, but denies any wrongdoing.
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