Aug 23, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Giuliani says Trump sought legal advice on Manafort pardon "weeks ago"

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President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said the president sought legal advice on a potential pardon for former campaign manager Paul Manafort "several weeks ago" but was advised against it, Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview.

Why it matters: Giuliani's statement confirms that Trump had shown interest in pardoning Manafort after he was found guilty of financial crimes. The president had previously mentioned a pardon as a possibility for his former campaign manager in a tweet but did not explain he inquired about the legality of the option. Go deeper: All the president's guilty men

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