The attorneys representing several people mixed up in the Russia investigation have approached President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani about the possibility of getting a pardon, Giuliani confirmed.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Giuliani confirmed lawyers have approached him on behalf of their clients to ascertain whether a presidential pardon could be in their future should they be found guilty of a crime.
Giuliani, a former New York City mayor who began working for Trump in April 2018, would not tell the Times which lawyers asked about pardons. The report comes in the wake of a claim former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's legal team approached Giuliani last year about a pardon after the FBI raided his two offices, apartment, and hotel room.
Cohen has since pleaded guilty to several crimes and will serve three years in prison starting in May.
Several people in Trump's orbit are wrapped up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, although none of them have been formally accused of conspiring with the Russians to help Trump win the 2016 election. On that list is Paul Manafort, who briefly served as the Trump campaign chairman in 2016, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served as Trump's national security adviser for 24 days before he was let go in early 2017.
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