WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’s unaware of any conversations about a potential pardon for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office accused Manafort on Monday of lying to them and said he had violated a plea agreement struck in September.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. Watch in the player above.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had previously suggested Manafort and others could be eligible for pardons at the end of Mueller’s Russia investigation. The allegation Manafort had lied to prosecutors in the last two months has fueled speculation he might be angling for a pardon.
Manafort cut a deal with prosecutors in September, agreeing to plead guilty to two felonies and cooperate with Mueller’s team “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly.”
Manafort’s lawyers have denied that he misled investigators.
A day after Manafort was accused of violating a plea agreement in the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump accused special counsel Robert Mueller of “ruining lives.”
Trump tweeted Tuesday that he thinks the media “builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint.”
Trump says that when the Mueller investigation ends it will become evident that people were treated “horribly” and “viciously” and that people’s lives are being ruined for refusing to lie. Trump apparently was referring to conservative author Jerome Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone who claims he rejected a plea because it would have forced him to falsely admit that he lied to investigators.