The Fix Is In: Trump Hints Pardon For Manafort In Mueller Probe — Report
In an interview with the New York Post, Donald Trump publicly floated the possibility that he’d pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in connection with the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.
During the interview, Trump made the dubious claim that he’d never discussed pardoning Manafort, but said he wouldn’t “take it off the table.”
Manafort’s attorney had been keeping Trump’s team informed about what Manafort told Mueller’s team. Mueller’s team, earlier this week, accused Manafort of lying to investigators even after he pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, previously admitted that he discussed pardoning Manafort over the summer.
Just before a jury convicted Manafort on eight tax and bank fraud charges in August, Trump hinted that he could pardon his former campaign adviser. “He happens to be a very good person,” Trump said. “And I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”