close Video Will President Trump pardon Paul Manafort? Great America Alliance co-Chair Eric Beach says he does not believe the president will pardon former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Speculation is mounting over whether President Trump will grant pardons to his campaign associates charged during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, now that the report has turned up no evidence of collusion with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election. The White House, in the past, has said that there had been no discussion of pardons for any of the players indicted in the Mueller investigation. But with the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation, the question is front-and-center once again, especially as one prominent former aide publicly seeks clemency. EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS FORMALLY ASKS FOR PRESIDENTIAL PARDON, WOULD BE 'HONORED TO ACCEPT' Six Trump campaign associates were charged in Mueller’s nearly … [Read more...] about Mueller report conclusion raises question of Trump pardons
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Either "Peas" or "Carrots" will be the lucky recipient of a presidential pardon Tuesday -- not that either has committed a crime -- but the well-timed reprieve at least means retirement for the Thanksgiving turkeys to the relative freedom and comfort of a Virginia farm. Mr. Trump is taking part Tuesday afternoon in the annual White House tradition of choosing a turkey to pardon — this year, he'll decide between "Peas" and "Carrots." Peas and Carrots hail from a farm near Huron, South Dakota. Making it to the White House isn't an easy road for the turkeys. The presidential flock, raised under the supervision of the National Turkey Federation and turkey grower Ruben Waldner, is comprised of 50 turkeys. Those turkeys hatched in July, and only Peas and Carrots made it to the final round. One will become the national Thanksgiving turkey, and the other, its alternate, according to the White House. Last year, Mr. Trump pardoned a turkey named Drumstick. Although … [Read more...] about President Trump pardons a turkey at the White House in annual tradition — live updates
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has revealed the president recently floated the idea to his legal team of pardoning Paul Manafort and other close aides. Giuliani said the lawyers discouraged the president from giving out pardons, yet did not completely close the door to the possibility. Proponents of pardoning Manafort and other aides say pardons will protect the president and undo what they see as unjust convictions. Others say pardons will put the president in more legal jeopardy. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES Lawyer and political commentator Andrew Stoltmann argues in an op-ed for The Hill that Trump needs to pardon Manafort to undo what he sees as an unjust conviction. Stoltmann believes Trump has garnered enough goodwill for himself that he could weather any political blowback. President Trump should immediately pardon Paul Manafort for his conviction on eight counts related to tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts. The … [Read more...] about Should President Trump pardon his own associates involved in the Russia probe?
By Warren Strobel and Nathan Layne(Reuters) - A juror who voted to convict Paul Manafort and who is also a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump has some advice for Trump if he is considering whether to pardon his former campaign chairman: don't do it.Paula Duncan is so far the only juror to speak out since Manafort was found guilty of 8 out of 18 counts of financial wrongdoing on Tuesday."He should absolutely not pardon him. I think it would be a big mistake," Duncan, 54, told Reuters after an on-camera interview on Friday, adding that she believed it would be a mistake from both a moral and a political perspective."If President Trump pardons him without him doing any time at all it would look like President Trump was saying it's OK that you broke the law. It's not OK to break the law." Trump weighed in on Manafort's plight while the jury was still in deliberations, calling the tax and bank fraud case against him "very sad" and lauding him as a "very good person." Those comments, … [Read more...] about Manafort juror’s message to Trump: Pardon would be ‘big mistake’
click to enlarge Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick via Shutterstock Detroit's infamous former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in the news, this time in search of a shortened prison sentence. And though it's a long shot, at least one legal expert thinks Kilpatrick has a chance under President Donald Trump. Although the 48-year-old former Democratic mayor has filed a petition for commutation (in laymen's terms, a prison sentence reduction), it looks like Kilpatrick is unlikely to be eligible. Typically, the grounds for clemency require that the candidate has served half of their prison sentence and has admitted guilt for crimes committed. Kilpatrick, however, has long maintained his innocence. With little hope that he'll be eligible for prison commutation, Kilpatrick's last-ditch effort may be a plea to Trump for a presidential pardon. As president, Trump has the executive power to grant leniency to convicted felons without being bound to the guidelines laid out by the … [Read more...] about Legal expert thinks Kilpatrick’s pitch for Trump pardon is low, but not impossible