According to a report in the New York Times, Trump’s now ex-lawyer John Dowd entertained the possibility that Trump may issue pardons to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The report indicated Dowd chatted with lawyers for both men with three additional individuals cited as witnesses to the discussion.
The conversation began as Robert Mueller “was building cases against both men,” which raises “questions about whether the lawyer, John Dowd, was offering pardons to influence their decisions about whether to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation.”
For anyone unfamiliar, the investigation in question pertains to the suspicion of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea late last year, while Paul Manafort continues to retaliate against Mueller’s indictment.
This is not the first time Dowd’s name made headlines this month. Just last week, Dowd resigned from Trump’s legal team earlier this month shortly after Trump claimed “no chaos” in his White House.
Dowd has come forward to deny the New York Times report, telling them, “There were no discussions. Period. As far as I know, no discussions.”
Additionally, two members of Trump’s current legal team further deny the allegations.
Trump’s private attorney Jay Sekulow told the Times that “never during the course of my representation of the President have I had any discussions of pardons of any individual involved in this inquiry.”
Additionally, White House counsel Ty Cobb said he has “only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House.”
The Times reported that representation for both Manafort and Flynn declined to comment on the report.
Amidst all of this, it is important to note that the president has been uncharacteristically quiet save a few tweets poking at the open wounds of the Parkland kids during the March for Our Lives and waffling defense of gun reform.
Perhaps when it comes to the truth, he really has nothing to say.
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