Schiff Says Congress Is Investigating Reports That Trump ‘Dangled Pardons to Obstruct Investigations’

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that Congress is following up on claims that President Donald Trump “dangled” pardons in an effort to obstruct multiple investigations.

Schiff forewarned on Twitter that “Congress is investigating reports that Trump and his legal team privately dangled pardons to obstruct investigations, including ours.”

“Yesterday, the White House refused to rule out a pardon for Paul Manafort,” he stated. “That Trump does so in the open is not less corrupt.”

Schiff has not given specifics on who else he believes could have been offered Trump’s alleged pardons.

This comes after reporters asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday why the president won’t rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman.

Sanders deflected on giving any specific reason, stating that “the president has made his position on that clear, and he’ll make a decision when he’s ready.”

Watch the video below, via CBS News:

Trump has expressed his deep sympathy for Manafort’s legal troubles for months now, possibly signaling he could decide to grant him a pardon.

“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family,” the president tweeted back in August. “‘Justice’ took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ [and] make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!”

The president also claimed last week that his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, asked him for a pardon prior to his sentencing, but Trump was not as open-minded to the idea of granting him one.

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Phyllis Softa
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Does it not give ANYONE in the WH pause that the POTUS publicly proclaimed “respect” for a guy that a VA jury found GUILTY of cheating the US taxpayers and defrauding US banks? The same guy that has been jailed for months for witness tampering. The same guy who will be sentenced tomorrow for his pleading guilty to conspiring against the US government and lying to everybody! Seriously, if the Trump presidency was a movie, we would demand our money back because no one would believe it.

Rocky Drummond
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Anyone in the WH is part of the plan of attack on the country, its people and the Constitution. What do they care if somebody cheats us or breaks our laws?

Phyllis Softa
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I am assuming that you realize it matters WHO the somebody is. Remember when the R’s were appalled the FBI raided the wonderful Michael Cohen’s offices & homes? Once they discovered Cohen wasn’t going to lie to protect Trump anymore, they turned their anger with the FBI to anger at Cohen.

Rocky Drummond
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Yes, Michael was the great, honorable guy until the tide rolled out. Then he was just a later who did a few things for the Donald. Then it got worse.

But if you sign an oath of loyalty to the Donald, well… you are golden (until you are not).

Phyllis Softa
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LOL, I find it amusing that someone did not like your comment.

Rocky Drummond
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If you have no sense of humor, can anything be amusing?

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