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PoliticsTrump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation'

21:55  13 march  2019
21:55  13 march  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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“ It ’ s a very sad situation ,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Certainly on a human basis, it ’ s a very sad thing. I feel badly for him.” Trump said he has not thought about a pardon for Manafort , who was convicted of a slew of financial crimes in special counsel Robert Mueller Robert (Bob) Swan

Trump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation'© Getty Images Trump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation' President Trump said Wednesday he feels "very badly" for Paul Manafort after his former campaign chairman's prison sentence was increased to 7 ½ years, but would not say if he would offer Manafort a pardon.

"It's a very sad situation," Trump told reporters at the White House. "Certainly on a human basis, it's a very sad thing. I feel badly for him."

Trump said he has not thought about a pardon for Manafort, who was convicted of a slew of financial crimes in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. But he also did not rule out the possibility.

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Kellyanne Conway Says Manafort Sentence Was Too Long “It did seem that the sentence maybe was much more than perhaps other people get for bigger crimes,” Conway told reporters. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); She added that she “never knew anything about his tax fraud or bank fraud, which is as I understand, is the genesis of today.” When a reporter asked if Trump was considering a pardon for Manafort, Conway replied, “I haven’t discussed that it with the president. I haven’t heard him say that.

" It ' s a very sad situation ," Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump said he has not thought about a pardon for Manafort , who was convicted of a slew of financial crimes in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

" It ' s a very sad situation ," Trump told reporters at the White House. Paul Manafort 's attorney was shouted down by hecklers Wednesday outside a D.C. federal courthouse after the former Trump campaign chairman was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison.

"I have not even given it a thought as of this moment. It's not something that's right now on my mind," the president said.

Minutes after Manafort's sentencing in Washington, D.C., the Manhattan district attorney charged the once-powerful Republican consultant in a mortgage fraud scheme.

If Manafort is convicted in that case, Trump could not offer him clemency because the case is at the state level.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced added 43 months to Manafort's prison term earlier Wednesday. He faced a maximum of 10 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges and other crimes.

A Virginia-based federal judge sentenced Manafort to four years in prison last week.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is pushing back on Paul Manafort's claim that he has accepted responsibility for his crimes and deserves a lighter sentence. "The defendant blames everyone from the Special Counsel's Office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices," Mueller said in a response Tuesday to the former Trump campaign chairman's sentencing memo. "Manafort suggests, for example , that but for the appointment of the Special Counsel's Office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than $55 million abroad, failing to pay more than $6 million in taxes, and defrauding three financial institutions of more than $25 milli

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