Giuliani: Manafort ‘Not Disqualified’ From Trump Pardon Despite Plea Deal

Screen grab of Giuliani on CNN July 27, 2018.
September 15, 2018 2:56 p.m.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that Paul Manafort is still “not disqualified” from potentially getting pardoned by President Donald Trump, even after Manafort agreed to a plea deal requiring total cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“I don’t have any reason to believe it’s happening now, but I also don’t have any reason to preclude it in the future,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News.

The lawyer insisted that Trump isn’t worried about anyone flipping “as long as they tell the truth.”

“And certainly Paul would do that,” said Giuliani.

When news broke of Manafort’s shocking plea deal on Friday after he was charged with two counts of conspiracy, the Trump legal team issued a statement insisting that the ex-Trump campaign manager’s cooperation agreement has “nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign.”

Before the bombshell deal, Trump said he felt “very badly” for Manafort and praised him for refusing to “break” to investigators – or as Trump described it, “make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.'”

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