Trump Discusses Pardoning Manafort

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Posted: Aug 23, 2018 7:35 AM
Trump Discusses Pardoning Manafort

President Trump discussed in an interview with Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt on Wednesday whether he’d consider pardoning Paul Manafort.

"I have great respect for what he's done in terms of what he's gone through," Trump said. "You know, he worked for Ronald Reagan for years, he worked for Bob Dole, he worked — I guess his firm worked for (Sen. John) McCain," the president added. "He worked for many, many people, many, many years."

Trump also said some of the charges against Manafort are widespread in the lobbyist industry.

“And I would say what he did, some of the charges they threw against him, every lobbyist in Washington probably does,” the president told Earhardt. 

He then pointed to Hillary Clinton’s alleged crimes. 

"If you look at Hillary Clinton's person, you take a look at the people that work for Hillary Clinton," Trump said, "With the emails and she deletes 33,000 emails after she gets a subpoena from Congress and this Justice Department does nothing about it? And all of the other crimes that they've done?"

In plugging the interview, the Fox News host told Sean Hannity Wednesday that Trump “mentioned pardoning Manafort.”

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“He said he considered that. He feels I think — I think he feels bad for Manafort. They were friends, he didn’t work for him for very long. Worked for him for basically 100 days. The president didn’t know about all of this tax stuff. He wouldn’t know about that,” she said. 

Manafort was convicted Tuesday on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

Update: Earhardt clarified Thursday morning that Trump "never said yes [about pardoning Manafort] and he never said no."