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Mar 30, 2018

Sum-Up: Trump Team Floated Pardons For Key Figures In The Mueller Probe

This week, we got yet another indication that the President has tried to intervene in and change the outcome of the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The New York Times reported that last year, while the special counsel’s team was building its case against Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort, then-Trump attorney John Dowd reached out to both men with promises of a presidential pardon. The timing suggests Trump’s team was trying to influence their decision on how to plead. Following Dowd’s exit, Trump’s legal team remains ensnared in chaos. The President has reached out to a number of big-name D.C. attorneys to try to fill the void created by Dowd’s departure, but they’ve turned him down either because they’re uninterested in retaining such an unmanageable client or because they have conflicts of interest. Without new additions to Trump’s legal team, Andrew Ekomonou has been elevated to a lead role. In addition to his legal work, Ekomonou is…

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