President Trump has so far not mentioned pardoning Paul Manafort for his tax fraud and process crimes (i.e. lying to prosecutors), but he just might do so. The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump is keeping the option available to pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as he told the New York Post in an exclusive interview.
“It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table,” Trump told TheNYP, expressing his supreme dissatisfaction with special counsel Robert Mueller.
“If you told the truth, you go to jail,” Trump said of the special counsel’s investigation. “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’s comments come at a particularly fraught time for Manafort, who Mueller is accusing of lying to federal prosecutors, despite entering a plea deal with the government. Mueller’s team alleged that Manafort lied about “a variety of subject matters” and that they were no obligation to honor the agreement struck with him.
This would be an explosive political decision, but would remain wholly legal and stop Mueller’s witch hunt in its tracks.