Rudy Giuliani discussed with Donald Trump the possibility of receiving a pre-emptive pardon before Trump leaves office, two people familiar with the discussion told the New York Times.
According to The Times, both men had a discussion about pardoning Giuliani—who hasn’t been charged with a crime– as recently as last week though it’s still not clear who raised the topic first or what Trump will do.
This comes as talk of pardons rise in Trump’s circle. Last week he issued a full pardon to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI about this conversations with a Russian diplomat.
On Monday, Hannity said he believes Trump should pardon himself and members of his family as protection against the ‘witch hunt’.
“The president out the door needs to pardon his whole family and himself, because they want this witch hunt to go on in perpetuity,”Hannity said. “They’re so full of rage and insanity against the president… I assume that the power of the pardon is absolute, and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to.”
Still, moments after the report was published, Giuliani, the man leading Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election, denied having any discussion with Trump about pardons.
His attorney, Robert Costello, told the Times, Giuliani is “not concerned about this investigation, because he didn’t do anything wrong and that’s been our position from Day 1.”