Trump Says Manafort Pardon ‘Not Off the Table’ After Plea Deal Dies | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Trump Says Manafort Pardon ‘Not Off the Table’ After Plea Deal Dies

President Donald Trump said he won’t rule out a presidential pardon for Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman turned convicted felon and reluctant cooperator in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.

The possibility of a pardon is “not off the table,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Post published Wednesday, adding that it hasn’t been specifically discussed. “Why would I take it off the table?”

Trump and his lawyers have previously declined to comment on whether he’d consider pardoning Manafort, who pleaded guilty in September and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. The seeming shift in tone comes after Mueller said in a court filing on Monday that the cooperation deal was void after Manafort repeatedly lied to authorities.

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