Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump’s attorney discussed pardons for Flynn and Manafort last year — which Mueller could investigate as obstruction

Published

on

The recently departed attorney for President Donald Trump raised the possibility of pardoning Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their attorneys last summer — which could potentially be used as evidence in an obstruction of justice case.

Three sources told the New York Times about the discussions, which came as special counsel Robert Mueller was building cases against the two Trump campaign officials.

The talks suggest Trump’s lawyers were concerned about what Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty, and Manafort, who has been indicted, might tell Mueller in exchange for leniency, the paper reported.

Mueller’s team could investigate whether attorney John Dowd, who left the president’s legal team last week, made the pardon offers in an effort to thwart the investigation.

Presidents have broad, but not unlimited, power to pardon federal crimes, and legal experts are divided over whether Trump could pardon his campaign associates in the Mueller probe.

“The framers did not create the power to pardon as a way for the president to protect himself and his associates,” said Samuel W. Buell, a professor of law at Duke University.

ADVERTISEMENT

Under that interpretation, Dowd’s conversations with lawyers for Flynn and Manafort could potentially be used as evidence of intent in an obstruction case.

Dowd has repeatedly insisted no pardon offers have been made, the newspaper reported.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report

Published

on

As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.

As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

Published

on

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

Published

on

According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

I need your help.

Investigating Trump's henchmen is a full time job, and I'm trying to bring in new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have more stories coming you'll love. Join me and help restore the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link

Investigating Trump is a full-time job, and I want to add new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have stories coming you'll love. Join me and go ad-free, while restoring the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link