Trump and his proponents have used the text messages between Page and Strzok to further their argument that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice conspiring against the president and candidate in an effort to keep him out of the White House.
Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington, May 5, 2018.
Because he maintains "no criminality" has been found for those involved, President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani reiterated Sunday there are no plans for presidential pardons stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated, not because necessarily of Mueller, but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe, that began with Peter Strzok in charge", Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Goodlatte, who is conducting a joint investigation with Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, into the FBI's actions in the 2016 election, notified Nadler about the subpoena at a meeting Friday morning with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held to discuss Thursday's inspector general report, one source said.
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail last week to await trial on more than 20 charges as part of the special counsel's probe. The two have dubbed Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" on numerous occasions. "He can pardon, in his judgment".
Mr. Trump also took aim at Mr. Comey - who he fired in May 2017. "And every time he brings up the issue of pardons it gives the investigators something else that they have to look into".
Giuliani: Trump not issuing Russian Federation investigation pardons during probe
It also said other leaders at the bureau showed a "willingness to take official action" to prevent Trump's election. Asked why he brought up pardons earlier in the day, Giuliani said, "because I was asked a question".
"Please, listen to what I'm saying, and the President: The big signal is, nobody's been pardoned yet".
The next day, Giuliani reiterated that the investigation should be suspended but said there should also be an investigation into Mueller's probe. In large, Giuliani bases his claims on his interpretation of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's recently released report. "You're not going to need pardons".
Giuliani pointed to "troubling unethical behavior" among some Justice Department (DOJ) officials that he said had tainted Muller's probe. Giuliani said he is opposed to having an interview but "the president wants to do it so we have to sort through it". "What we'd really like is something responded to in writing".
As Axios noted, Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel in May previous year.
The former mayor said a decision on a possible interview would likely be made by July 4.
"There might be a narrow area that we could all agree on", he said.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons. Collins was on CBS.