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Trump ‘Sad’ About Manafort, Won‘t Say Whether He‘ll Pardon Him
President also defends decision to revoke John Brennan‘s security clearance

Donald Trump, flanked from left by campaign manager Paul Manafort, and daughter Ivanka Trump, at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump declined Friday to say whether he would pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, even as a jury deliberates over the 18 charges Manafort is facing related to tax and bank fraud. 

“I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what’s going on there. I think it’s a very sad day for our country,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for fundraisers in New York.

Donovan, Grimm Clash over Possibility of Trump Pardon
Grimm accused Donovan of trying to push Grimm out of the race

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., served time in prison for tax fraud. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Dan Donovan brought up the possibility of pardoning former GOP Rep. Michael Grimm with President Donald Trump, the New York Republican said during a debate with Grimm on Monday.

Donovan said he informed Trump that former GOP Rep. Guy Molinari would be reaching out to the White House about pardoning Grimm, but said Trump was “disinterested once he heard Guy was a never-Trumper.”

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Obama Issues Rare Pardons, With More to Come

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President Barack Obama granted clemency to 20 people Wednesday in a relatively rare show of leniency from him — with the administration promising more to come.  

Obama cut short prison times for eight people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and vacated the convictions of 12 others, the White House announced.