President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that he's advised Trump not to issue any pardons during the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but noted that "when it's over," Trump can do as he pleases in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning.

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Giuliani's full quote:

"The president has issued no pardons in this investigation. The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation. And my advice to him — you know, as long as I'm his lawyer — is not to do it because he'll just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired, anybody being pardoned. When it's over, hey, he's the President of the United States. He retains his pardon power. Nobody's taking that away from him."

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