>> President Trump has not ruled out pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman, who was found guilty of tax and bank fraud. Speaking with the New York Post, Trump said that a pardon, quote, was never discussed, but I wouldn't take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?
Manafort struck a deal with Mollard to plead guilty to additional charges and cooperate from the Russia probe for a reduced sentence. But the special counsel said this week that Manafort has routinely lied to investigators, which nullifies his plea agreement, prompting renewed speculation that Manafort is looking for a pardon.
The Democratic head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Trump pardoning Manafort, quote, would be a blatant and unacceptable abuse of power.>> The whole, the whole->> This comes as Trump lashes out at Mueller. The president retweeted an image showing his political opponents in jail, including Rober Muelller.
Saying quote, now that Russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?>> Mr. Mueller must be able to preserve the work he has done.>> Trump's attacks against Mueller alarming some on Capitol Hill. Outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic colleagues Chris Coons and Cory Booker on Wednesday, tried to force a vote on a bill that would make it harder for Trump to undermine Robert Mueller's investigation.
>> The preservation of the Special Counsel investigation is indeed a matter of national security. But we know that the Special Counsel is in danger.>> That effort was blocked. Majority leader Mitch McConnell has argued the bill is unnecessary, because he says Trump won't fire Mueller.>> To be so sanguine about the chances of him being fired is folly for us, I believe.
>> To be clear, this is the same investigation that brought indictments for more then a dozen Russian nationalists for attempting to influence the 2016 election. Why shouldn't we be up in arms about that? Why does that warrant a tweet from the President? Many tweets. Trying to go after Special Counsel.
>> Flake tried the same maneuver earlier this month, and McConnell stopped the bill from advancing. Flake responded by saying he would try to block judicial nominations pending in the Senate until McConnell let's the Mueller Bill go to a floor vote.