Former CIA director John Brennan told MSNBC’s Katy Tur Monday that he fully expects President Donald Trump to pardon his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort.
“He got a lenient sentence. He is looking at an additional ten years,” said former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg. “The judge there could run it consecutively and he still has significant exposure, whether or not the president will pardon him is another matter, but he should not be dancing in the end zone yet.”
Brennan cut in to say that he doesn’t have any doubt Manafort will get a pardon.
“But then, if he’s also convicted of state-charges, Donald Trump is not going to be able to pardon him for that,” Brennan continued. “So, I believe that Paul Manafort will be able to get out of the federal charges, because what does Donald Trump have to lose if he pardons him,?”
Tur said that Brennan’s comments were a “significant” statement.
“I think whether it is when he’s leaving office, whatever,” Brennan continued. “But he has spoken highly of him. He feels this investigation has been a witch hunt. So, why would Donald Trump allow him to stay in jail?”
Watch the interview below:
WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report
Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report
The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.
"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.