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Giuliani told Trump not to pardon Manafort until Mueller probe is done

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Rudy
Giuliani said he’s advised President Donald Trump to hold off on
pardoning Paul Manafort.

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  • Rudy Giuliani said he advised President Donald Trump
    against considering granting Paul Manafort a pardon until at
    least after special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his
    investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US
    election. 
  • Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found
    guilty on eight felony counts earlier this week and faces up to
    80 years in prison. 
  • “We told him he should wait until all the
    investigations are over,” Giuliani said. 
  • After the Manafort verdict,
    Trump tweeted
    he feels “very badly” for his former campaign
    chairman and his “wonderful family,” describing him as a “brave
    man.” 

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, said he advised
the president against considering granting Paul Manafort a pardon
until at least after special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded
his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US
election. 

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on
eight felony counts earlier this week and faces up to
80 years in prison

Trump reportedly consulted his advisers weeks ago on whether to
pardon Manafort, before he was convicted.

“We told him he should wait until all the investigations
are over,”
Giuliani told The Washington Post
. “This [special counsel]
case is a strange case. It won’t be decided by a jury. It will
decided by the Justice Department and Congress and ultimately the
American people. You have to be sensitive to public
optics.”

Giuliani said Trump agreed with him on this matter at the
time. 

“We sat [Trump] down and said you’re not considering these
other pardons with anybody involved in the investigation. He said
yes, absolutely I understand,” Giuliani said. 

The former New York City mayor added that he’s concerned
Mueller might pursue an obstruction charge if Trump pardons
Manafort or other associates caught up in the special counsel’s
probe. 

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders said pardoning Manafort was “not something that has
been up for discussion.” Giuliani’s comments appear to contradict
this assertion. 

After the Manafort verdict earlier this week, Trump
tweeted
he feels “very badly” for his former campaign
chairman and his “wonderful family,” describing him as a “brave
man.” 

Simultaneously, Trump bashed his former personal lawyer,
Michael Cohen, who earlier this week implicated the president in
campaign finance violations linked to “hush money” payments to
two women the president allegedly had affairs with. 

Trump seems to feel Cohen betrayed him, but views Manafort
as loyal. 

The president tweeted, “‘Justice’ took a 12 year old tax
case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on
[Manafort] and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ –
make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a
brave man!”

Ainsley Earhardt of Fox News said on Wednesday night Trump
told her he was considering pardoning Manafort because he

views him as a friend and “feels bad”
about his legal
woes. 

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