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Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Discussed POTUS Pardoning Flynn and Manafort

Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Discussed POTUS Pardoning Flynn and Manafort”

Based on his tweets and public comments about both entities, the Russian Federation investigation and Mueller's team, those people include the president.

The White House pushed back Wednesday against reports that President Donald Trump's former lawyer had considered pardoning Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, stressing that such clemency is not now under consideration for anyone tied to the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling.

A New York Times report published Wednesday afternoon said that Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, broached the idea of pardoning former advisers Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their lawyers a year ago, citing three unnamed people with knowledge of the discussions.

"As I said, an on-record statement from the president's attorney, here at the White House, on these matters has said there's no discussion or consideration of this", Sanders said.

The Times reported that it was not clear if Dowd had discussed the prospect of pardons with President Trump, but that Trump had asked about the extent of his pardoning power in a meeting a year ago with lawyers from the White House Counsel's Office.

The connection between Gates and the former intelligence officer, identified only as "Person A" in the records filed late on Tuesday, is significant because criminal charges brought against Gates and Manafort relate only to their lobbying work for Ukraine prior to the 2016 US presidential election and do not delve into their activities during the campaign.

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"Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents assisting the Special Counsel's Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016". In a statement to the Times, Dowd denied the report. "Period", he said, according to the Times.

Dowd, who resigned from President Trump's legal team last Thursday, told the Times that, as far as he knew, "there were no discussions" about pardoning Flynn or Manafort.

The report provoked strong denials from the White House and Trump's attorneys. According to the sentencing motion filed Tuesday, van der Zwaan's lies "were material" to the special counsel's investigation, and directly involved communications with Gates and "Person A", a former GRU officer.

In comments to the Times, Dowd denied that he talked about pardons with the lawyers, saying, "There were no discussions".

However, he added that Dowd represented Trump in his personal capacity, as opposed to Cobb, who represents the White House. And Sanders had a reminder of her own for reporters: "The president has the authority to pardon individuals".

"I hope they're right", he said.



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