Trump Mulling Hiring New White House Counsel To Help Him Pardon Manafort

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 9: Don McGahn, White House Counsel to President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the pro... NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 9: Don McGahn, White House Counsel to President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 28, 2018 7:29 am
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President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly expressed sympathy for his now- convicted former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is so eager to pardon him that the President is mulling hiring a new White House counsel to circumvent his current one, who is adamantly against the move.

According to a Wednesday Vanity Fair report, current White House counsel Don McGahn is strongly against the pardon, and has been coming to blows Trump over the issue.

Trump has been interested in pardoning Manafort since before the conviction, and warnings about how the pardon would play have not seemed to quash his enthusiasm.  

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