Manafort pardon ‘not off the table’

A lawyer for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reportedly briefed President Trump's lawyers about Manafort's interactions with special counsel Robert Mueller's team

Manafort pardon ‘not off the table’

"Why would I take it off the table?"

After securing the majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, the Democrats have vowed to launch investigations on a wide range of topics involving the administration, including Trump's alleged attempts to influence the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

"He is not going to pardon him necessarily, but he is going to consider it and not give up his right to", Giuliani said in a telephone interview, referring to Manafort. But it's also a potential setback for investigators, given that Manafort steered the campaign during a vital stretch of 2016, when prosecutors say Russian intelligence was working to sway the election in Trump's favor.

Meanwhile, Manafort's lawyers have been briefing Trump's attorneys on what their client has told investigators.

The rupture could have dire consequences for the 69-year-old Manafort, who has sought to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of bank and tax fraud shortly before he agreed to cooperate and plead guilty to other charges. That statement called to mind a Trump tweet from earlier this month in which he stated without evidence that Mueller's investigators were "screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want".

"This would be a blatant and unacceptable abuse of power", Warner said in a tweet.

In an unusual move, Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing has been in contact in recent months with Giuliani and one of Trump's former lawyers, John Dowd.

Corsi said the prosecutors wouldn't believe him, thinking he was trying to protect Stone, adding that he believes he was threatened with a felony charge "because I couldn't give them what they wanted".

"The interesting question is what was he lying about in the debriefing?" The Monday night revelation of the Mueller filing on Manafort came at a delicate time for investigators, who have gone months without any new charges and continue to probe possible links between Trump associates and WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that released tens of thousands of Democratic emails stolen by Russian spies during the 2016 campaign.

Manafort's lawyers have continued to tell Trump's team that they haven't shared any information that could be harmful to the president, Giuliani added.

"They share with me the things that pertain to our part of the case", Rudy Giuliani said.

"It makes no sense why he's not cooperating, other than something that's been promised him", said Rossi, who said he believes it's likely Manafort has been promised a pardon.

Manafort pleaded guilty in Washington on September 14 to conspiring to launder money, commit tax crimes and lie to the Justice Department, and to conspiring to tamper with witnesses. In the November 26 court filing, Mueller said Manafort engaged in unspecified "crimes and lies" that prosecutors will spell out in a later filing.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that in his written questions, Special Counsel Robert Mueller had asked Trump if he spoke to Stone about Assange or Wikileaks.

If Manafort expects a presidential pardon from Trump, there may be little motivation to work with Mueller, according to Paul Rosenzweig, who served as senior counsel in independent investigations into Bill Clinton, including Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair. "Manafort, Corsi and Roger Stone".

Also caught up in Mueller's net is political consultant Roger Stone and his associate Jerome Corsi.

Hannity started by asking if Stone thought he might be arrested.

"After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement", court filings read.

"If Manafort, the Trump campaign manager, is talking to Assange ... then we begin to see possibilities that that connection is really real, and that would actually be collusion", he said. Giuliani said Stone and Trump spoke only "sporaticly" and "here and there" during the campaign and nearly always by phone.

The prosecutors' filing underscored their exasperation not only at Manafort's alleged deception but also at the loss of an important witness present for key moments under scrutiny, including a Trump Tower meeting at which Trump's eldest son expected to receive "dirt" about Clinton from a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

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