Rudy Giuliani Says ‘Presidential Pardons’ May Follow Mueller Probe After Paul Manafort Is Jailed

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.

“I don’t understand the justification for putting him in jail. You put a guy in jail if he’s trying to kill witnesses, not just talking to witnesses,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani reiterated his stance that Mueller should end his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians in the 2016 presidential election.

“That kind of investigation should not go forward,” he said. “It’s time for Justice to investigate the investigators.”

Mueller claims Manafort—who was indicted in October and since then under house arrest at his home in Alexandria, Virginia—obstructed the probe into Russian meddling and violated his bail terms.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Friday agreed with Mueller.

“I cannot turn a blind eye to these allegations,” Jackson said, according to BuzzFeed News. “You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago.”

The judge added that, “This is not middle school. I can’t take his cellphone,” and that the hearing is “not about politics” or “the conduct of the office of special counsel.”

“It is about the defendant’s conduct,” Jackson said. “I’m concerned you seem to treat these proceedings as another marketing exercise.”

Giuliani’s future pardon claim comes after he kept hush for more than a week in the face of heavy criticism over his comments that Stormy Daniels, who is suing Trump over a nondisclosure agreement around their alleged affair, has “no reputation” because she is an adult film star.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was the lead critic of Giuliani’s comment on his client.