Donald Trump Says Pardon for Paul Manafort Is Still A Possibility
CNN reports that Donald Trump has announced that a pardon for Paul Manafort is “not off the table.”
“It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?” the president said during an Oval Office interview.
Trump’s comments come following special counsel Robert Mueller’s accusation that Manafort violated his plea agreement and lied to Mueller’s team after being found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes in August.
“If you told the truth, you go to jail,” Trump said.
“You know this flipping stuff is terrible. You flip and you lie and you get — the prosecutors will tell you 99 percent of the time they can get people to flip. It’s rare that they can’t,” Trump said.
“But I had three people: Manafort, Corsi — I don’t know Corsi, but he refuses to say what they demanded. Manafort, Corsi and Roger Stone.”
Manafort’s lawyer has been briefing Trump’s legal team about the evidence Trump’s former campaign chairman was giving to Mueller.
Trump has repeatedly called on Mueller to wrap up his investigation.