Trump: Manafort Pardon is Still on the Table
President Trump said Wednesday in an interview with the New York Post that a pardon for his former campaign chair Paul Manafort is still on the table.
The President also ripped Robert Mueller in his Oval Office interview with The Post:
“It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?”
“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.”
“It’s actually very brave,” he said of the trio. “And I’m telling you, this is McCarthyism. We are in the McCarthy era. This is no better than McCarthy. And that was a bad situation for the country. But this is where we are. And it’s a terrible thing,” Trump added.
Robert Mueller is gunning for Paul Manafort even though the former Trump associate was already found guilty on 8 counts of bank fraud and tax fraud.
Earlier this week Mueller accused Manafort of breaching his plea deal by lying to investigators.
Judge T.S. Ellis was set to dismiss the 10 charges on which the jury was unable to reach a verdict during the August trial in February when Manafort was also scheduled to receive his sentencing.
Mueller’s prosecutors, however, were able to bring those charges back had Manafort not cooperated in the meantime which would increase Manafort’s jail time. It appears that is what Mueller’s strategy is here by claiming Manafort lied to investigators.
President Trump said back in August that he was considering a pardon for Paul Manafort; he should pardon Manafort and all Americans caught up in Mueller’s witch hunt.