Mueller prosecutor: Trump used pardon power to prevent cooperation

Mueller prosecutor: Trump used pardon power to prevent cooperation 1


The lead prosecutor in the Mueller investigation reacts to President Donald Trump pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager who pleaded guilty to multiple crimes. Andrew Weissmann says that President Trump was successful in using pardons to encourage key witnesses like Manafort and Roger Stone not to cooperate with the investigation.
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60 Comments on "Mueller prosecutor: Trump used pardon power to prevent cooperation"

  1. His time will come after he is a regular person. He could pardon everyone but no one will pardon him.

  2. One note: These are not the actions of an innocent man.

    • @CHING CHONG JOE I see you are unable to actually read the Mueller report….figures.

    • CHING CHONG JOE | December 23, 2020 at 9:58 PM | Reply

      @Jeff Novack there was no Russian collusion. The same can’t be said about China and the Democrats.

    • @CHING CHONG JOE LOL, I see you have the mental abilities of a four year old. So much collusion with russia and the Trump campaign – even the republican Senate said it was a “grave counter intelligence threat”. I see you didn’t read that either. Is there a reason you can’t read and you need to lie? Is there a reason Putin is paying you – just like he is manipulating Trump? I am sure you can name ONE time Trump has stood up to Putin…ops, there is no time.

    • CHING CHONG JOE | December 23, 2020 at 10:11 PM | Reply

      @Jeff Novack C H Y N A

    • CHIN CHON JOE<----2 week old tRoll account.

  3. Playground Justice | December 23, 2020 at 9:13 PM | Reply

    If Trump ever says Pardon me, he better have farted.

  4. They probably give money to Trump, since he is in big debts.The whole Trump administration is corrupted.

    • Mary Elizabeth | December 23, 2020 at 9:33 PM | Reply

      They may not have given money but trump does nothing for anyone unless he gets something in return. America’s shame will hang in the air for a long time to come.

    • auxiliary KGB agent-wanna-be Donaldiev Jerkofski Trumpov has $900,000,000 debt collection coming up and no way of paying it back. He lost his job and they take either cash, body parts or data. What would you do? Never mind NY state is outside waiting for him. Typically people like trump get bailed denied and passport taken because of Flight Risk”

  5. Johnny English | December 23, 2020 at 9:17 PM | Reply

    “What’s the legitimate reason to dangle a pardon? There is none. It’s only to thwart cooperation.”

    – Andrew Weissman

  6. The American people give power to a mob boss, what did they expect.

  7. critterfritter69 | December 23, 2020 at 9:22 PM | Reply

    Trump just turned the knob to 11. Clinton also pardoned friends, and in a rule of law nation, it is not a power that should even exist. A President should not be able to pardon anyone he personally knows. No one should have that power.

    • SilverStacker Wisconsin | December 23, 2020 at 10:07 PM | Reply

      you do know that most these days would have no idea of your Spinal Tap reference….but yeah, I agree

    • critterfritter69 | December 23, 2020 at 10:10 PM | Reply

      @Tim Smith Probably because you were not listening. I also said that Bill Clinton should have been impeached. I don’t believe in taking partisan positions. I think everything should be regulated and checked because people are fundamentally corrupt as individuals

    • @Mumford Munsley He pardoned 212 ! Shut your face ! He knew quite a few of them! Hypocrite!

    • @Tim Smith . . . What, in your opinion, was Obama’s crime, Tim? Being half Black?

    • Rainbeaux Unicorn | December 23, 2020 at 10:29 PM | Reply

      @Tim Smith… out of the 212 ppl Obama pardoned, he didn’t know any of them personally, unlike Clinton, unlike Trump.
      So what is your point again?

  8. How about this for a new rule regarding Presidential pardons:
    “If the President has, in any way, a personal or professional relationship with an individual, then he can not pardon said individual.”

    I think that would take care of this, but it would require legislation or possibly an amendment to the Constitution. The Presidential pardon is too broad and too vague. Trump has shown us this needs to be fixed ASAP.

    • @Rebecca Hejl<---- 1 hour old tRoll account.

    • How about an impeached president should not be allowed to pardon nor should said president be allowed to run for a second term!

    • Dameon Christopher Johnson | December 23, 2020 at 10:20 PM | Reply

      @Rebecca Hejl Yes, both Clinton and Obama issued massive amounts of pardons, but not to their close inner-circle that were convicted of multiple charges by juries and political allies like Trump has done.

    • Heather Melissa | December 23, 2020 at 10:23 PM | Reply

      @Tim Smith Duh! The comment obviously stated future presidents. The supreme court should make sure none of these pardons from the current psychopath occupying the people’s house right now. There was already no separation of political parties even applied because normal people don’t hold separate rules for them as NO ONE should.

    • Dameon Christopher Johnson | December 23, 2020 at 10:27 PM | Reply

      @Pam Miller I can’t see that happening. Impeached means just that…. Impeached. It’s just a charge of misconduct of some sort. That wouldn’t be enough to remove a President’s pardon powers or his right to run for reelection. He would have to be convicted in the Senate.

  9. This is like a criminal All-star list of people with even murders receiving Pardons.

    • Yes and thats exactly why these pardons won’t all last. Wait for the new AG and see what happens after many of these pardons are investigated. Trust me, the house of cards will fall for most of these pardoned folks. Most will be nullified.

    • Yeah, nice crowd you hang with there, Don.

  10. Treason Trump at it again…

  11. Barbara Rispress | December 23, 2020 at 9:32 PM | Reply

    Total corruption is going on in the Criminal Enterprise before he leave

  12. Even the most corrupt level of politician is surprised by this guy in the WH.

  13. The “innocent” being drained from prison is beginning to swamp……don said he was going to swamp the drain.

  14. He is setting fire to the ship before it sinks! His niece got it right! She predicted this!

  15. LadyDevils Majorette | December 23, 2020 at 9:46 PM | Reply

    It sounds like they told him if he dont pardon them they taking him down with them

  16. SNL Mafia family unfolding “The God Father” Trump Pardoning favors, main body criminals who owe and serve; coffee boy Papadopoulos, pretty boy Manafort, Soldiers General FlynnT, Richard Pinedo:  Van der Zwaan. Consiglieres: Billy Barr, dribble face Giuliani.. The “Don” Jr 1  in line, Jared the Son in-law 2   The lady in red Evanka,  Cohen the dirty little Rat,

  17. Gary Truthteller | December 23, 2020 at 9:54 PM | Reply

    Simple, Classic Truth du jour: Donald J. Trump is a BAD human being.

  18. NoneOfYour Beeswax | December 23, 2020 at 9:55 PM | Reply

    During his confirmation hearings for AG, Bill Barr actually stated that giving presidential pardons as part of obstruction of justice would be an illegal use of pardon power that would be unconstitutional.

    • and all the democrats whose said a one party impeachment would be a dangerous precedent to set were the ones who voted in favor of a one party impeachment of Trump lol. guess what, people lie


  20. “pardon power” essentially makes a A S S of American Law

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