Paul Butler: Trump Dangling a Pardon Before Manafort Is ‘Demeaning’ to the Russia Investigation

‘Because it makes it look like what Manafort did wasn’t really a big deal’


BUTLER: “First of all, he doesn’t need a pardon as much as he did. Paul Manafort got a judicial pardon, but yes, it’s more dangling of the pardon, more demeaning the Russian investigation, and frankly, I think the extremely light sentence make a pardon from the president more likely, because it makes it look like what manafort did wasn’t really a big deal, which is opposite of the”

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