Schiff: Trump's refusal to rule out Manafort pardon is evidence of obstruction

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that President Trump’s refusal to rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort "adds to the growing body of evidence that the president is engaged in obstructing justice."

The backdrop: Trump told the New York Post last week that a potential pardon "was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?" Trump's statement came as the president doubled down in his attacks on the Mueller investigation after the special counsel said in court filings that Manafort violated a plea agreement by lying repeatedly to federal investigators.

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Roger Stone says he hasn't talked to Trump about a pardon

Roger Stone, former confidant to President Trump.
Roger Stone. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he hasn’t discussed the possibility of a pardon with President Trump or his legal team if he were convicted in the Mueller investigation.

"There’s no circumstance under which I would testify against the president because I’d have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up. And I’m not going to do that. I’ve had no discussion regarding a pardon.”

The backdrop: Stone has been under the microscope for his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, particularly surrounding the release of Democratic emails. On Sunday, Stone again denied that he discussed WikiLeaks with Trump at the time and said he had not been contacted by Mueller. Meanwhile, Trump said last week that a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort remains a possibility.

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