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Larry Klayman: Trump Could Thwart a Manafort Conviction

Friday, 17 August 2018 03:33 PM

President Donald Trump has every legal right to pardon Paul Manafort, should the ex-Trump campaign chair be convicted on fraud charges, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"The president has the constitutional authority to pardon. Paul Manafort has not been treated fairly," Klayman, founder of the government watchdog Freedom Watch, said on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"And the fundamental point here is that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, and his very leftist staff did not have authority to indict him. That's not Mueller's mandate."

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"So the president can simply pardon him on that very basis … it's an illegitimate investigation, prosecution and let's hope not a conviction. I think the president would be on firm grounds on doing that."

On Friday, the second day of deliberations in the Virginia trial, Trump called the prosecution "sad" and said Manafort was "a very good person."

Prosecutors say Manafort earned $60 million advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, hid much of it from the IRS and lied to banks to get loans when the money evaporated.

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President Donald Trump has every legal right to pardon Paul Manafort, should the ex-Trump campaign chair be convicted on fraud charges, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman told Newsmax TV on Friday. "The president has the constitutional authority to pardon. Paul Manafort...
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