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Trump Given Huge Warning That He Must Not Pardon Manafort

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The investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into President Donald Trump, his Organization, his White House, his administration, his close circle and his White House seems now like it has been going on for many lifetimes. It certainly feels like much longer than two years ago at this point that the Justice Department (specifically, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) found itself forced to commission the former Director of the FBI to set up a probe to investigate the claims that the campaign to elect then Republican candidate Donald Trump as President of the United States and leader of the free world during the 2016 presidential election colluded with Russian state actors in order to steal the result of the election and the White House from rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and then committed obstruction of justice afterwards in a desperate attempt to cover it up.

One of the top Trump names who has already been taken down by Mueller is of course Paul Manafort, the former chair of the Trump campaign. He has been found to have committed a vast array of financial crimes and is looking at a hefty prison sentence. He is very fortunate, of course, in the fact that his friend and ally is President of the United States, so could theoretically pardon him and rid him of all that trouble.

“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort.” – President Donald Trump

However, he just received a very stark warning indeed that he must not pardon Manafort under any circumstances:

“He [Trump] should absolutely not pardon him [Manafort]. I think it would be a big mistake… If President Trump pardons him without him doing any time at all it would look like President Trump was saying it’s OK that you broke the law. It’s not OK to break the law. I don’t think that Mr. Manafort would have been on trial had not the Special Counsel been looking for information on Russian collusion in the last election… He’s still guilty … and he now needs to pay for the laws he broke.”

Those are the words of Paula Duncan, a juror on the Manafort case. She has been very vocal on the case, frequently appearing on TV to offer her perspective on things. She is very pro-Trump, so this opinion of Manafort might seem surprising. If even she sees that he cannot possibly get away with pardoning him, then surely the White House must be able to see that too.


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