On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump pardoned 26 more convicted criminals, including his 2106 campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in August of 2018, but the Donald may well have screwed himself legally by giving Manafort a pass, according to New York University School of Law professor Ryan Goodman.
Goodman appeared on CNN Thursday morning and noted that the Mueller Report specifically mentions that the president’s attorneys make it clear to Manafort that if he refused to cooperate with Mueller’s investigators, he would receive a pardon:
“The Mueller report specifically says that Manafort told his deputy, Rick Gates, that Manafort had spoken with Trump’s personal attorney, and it would be stupid to plea and they should sit tight, because, quote, ‘We’ll be taken care of.’ The Mueller team concludes that this met all of the elements and did succeed in Manafort failing to cooperate and maintaining his silence.”
In other words, if Trump gave Manafort a pardon as a reward for obstructing justice, the soon-to-be ex-POTUS could potentially be in very big trouble:
Whoever winds up being President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general needs to take a close look at Trump’s pardons and prosecute him if any of them were illegal.
Lock Trump up!
Here’s the video of Professor Goodman from CNN: