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Old 10-30-2017, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Morgenstern View Post
Well, Manafort looks guilty. Plus he's a Republican. He's doomed until Trump pardons him next week.
Anyone offering odds on the pardon?
I just don't think that pardon -- or any other -- would ultimately stand. A pardon offered in the commission of a felony, meaning obstruction, would not be a proper pardon. The issue hasn't been litigated but it would be, with a fairly predictable outcome. Manafort must know this. Coupled with his vulnerability to state charges, Manafort really doesn't have a lot of reason to trust or rely on Trump, and Trump doesn't have any reason to pardon Manafort.

If Trump panics and hits the pardon button, I expect him to do it when Kushner or Ivanka is charged.

So re Manafort, I believe the odds are long.