In a stunning reversal of fortunes for the embattled former Trump campaign chairman, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Paul Manafort’s bail Friday morning and instead ordered that he be taken into pre-trial detention after he was caught tampering with witnesses prior to his September trial.
Following the development, Rudy Giuliani eclipsed even Trump in terms of misguided statements as the president’s sideshow lawyer issued a less-than-subtle message to the embattled former campaign chairman.
NEW: Rudy Giuliani tells @NYDailyNews "things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons" when the "whole thing is over" in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) June 15, 2018
Per a reporter from the New York Daily News, Giuliani’s statement suggests that Manafort should not cooperate with Mueller since Trump will likely issue a pardon to him at the end of the investigation.
Following fallout from the tease of a pardon – a dangerous subversion of justice – CNN’s Chris Cuomo confronted Giuliani about his statement, forcing the disgraced former New York City mayor to clarify his comments.
President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggests the President will not pardon anyone involved in the Russia investigation while the probe is ongoing, but emphasized that the President will not "give up his right to pardon" https://t.co/KQqXTbPcdi pic.twitter.com/VYssmhDQO8
— CNN (@CNN) June 16, 2018
Giuliani attempted to assuage fears by asserting that Trump will not pardon anyone in the Russia investigation, albeit with the caveat that he retains his “right to pardon” in the case of a “miscarriage of justice.” Unsurprisingly, Giuliani does not seem to consider any of the numerous indictments already presented the result of a “miscarriage of justice” by any former Trump officials.
Furthermore, while Giuliani’s words seem reasonable enough, he is only as credible as the man he represents, which doesn’t bode well for his trustworthiness.
His was not the first tacit acknowledgment of an impending Trump pardon in exchange for loyalty. Trump has been on a tear issuing pardons to political allies, including former Maricopa sheriff Joe Arpaio, political ally Dinesh D’Souza, and Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashion lobbied for her release in the aftermath of husband Kanye West’s vocal support for Trump. The pardons are widely believed to be a message to political allies that loyalty will be swiftly rewarded.
While Giuliani may try to take the heat off of the president on national television, the fact is that Trump and his team will – and have – do anything and everything in their power – legal or otherwise – to protect their own butts. The only miscarriage of justice here is that that is perpetrated by the man who sits in the Oval Office.