Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Discussed POTUS Pardoning Flynn and Manafort

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court

According to the Times, Dowd talked about the idea as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE was building cases against Flynn and Manafort.

Last year, The Washington Post reported that Trump had asked the White House Counsel's Office about his authority to grant pardons, including whether he could issue one for himself.

The discussions between Dowd and lawyers for Manafort and Flynn indicated Trump's legal team was concerned about what the two former aides would reveal if they cut a deal with Mueller in exchange for leniency, according to the newspaper.

An attorney for President Donald Trump raised the idea of Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers a year ago as Special Counsel Robert Mueller was building a case against them in his probe into possible Russian interference in the US presidential election, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

"Ty Cobb is the person that would be most directly involved in this", Sanders told reporters, "and he's got a statement on the record saying that there's no discussion and there's no consideration of those at this time at the White House".

Manafort - who is fighting charges from Mueller that relate to his work prior to joining Trump - left the campaign in August 2016 after reports about questionable payments he received from his work related to Ukraine.

It supposedly raises questions about whether Dowd was offering pardons to influence their actions in the investigation.

It is unlikely that Manafort will escape conviction now that his co-defendant Richard Gates has agreed to work with the special counsel and the charges against him are no longer focused on rarely-prosecuted legal infractions involving the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Three sources told the New York Times about the development but Dowd denied discussing pardons.

Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, declined to comment. He said that Person A made him aware that charges could be forthcoming against them in Ukraine over their report on Tymoshenko.

Previous court documents filed by Mueller's team have described Person A as "a longtime Russian colleague ... who is now based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service".

"Let's see, I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry".

Dowd, who announced his resignation last week, denied the claims to the Times: "There were no discussions".

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