Who could stop him? Nobody.
Republicans will let him get away with it. I would not be surprised if Trump pardons Manafort. Trump sees everyone as friend or foe and Manafort is a friend since he didn’t flip.
Trump’s supporters might be gullible enough to believe a pardon for Manafort wouldn’t be corrupt AF, but they’re a minority. There’s no way most Americans are going to sit back and quietly tolerate this kind of blatant obstruction. https://t.co/XBdQQWSsTj
— Michelle (@Michell82968785) August 25, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) August 18, 2018
So I generally choose not to hang on every twist of the Mueller investigation, but if Trump pardons Manafort (after maybe having promised a pardon to get him not to cooperate) and gets away with it, then we’re in a banana republic. We just are.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 17, 2018
Trump, asked if he’ll pardon his former campaign chairman: “i don’t talk about that. he happens to be a very good person. it’s sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 17, 2018
By calling Manafort’s trial unfair and Paul a good man, Trump is tampering with the unsequestered jury, obstructing justice vis-a-vis Manafort, and hinting to Manafort that he’s in for a pardon unless he now starts cooperating with Mueller, thereby obstructing the Russia probe.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 18, 2018
Trump not saying if he would pardon Manafort when he's asked … but sounds like he may. "I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad .. I think that's a very sad day for our country … I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 17, 2018
— Hardball (@hardball) August 25, 2018
“Dangling a pardon—essentially saying, ‘A pardon will be available for you at some point down the line,’ is tantamount to obstruction of justice and witness tampering,” says @sethwaxman https://t.co/TeedHbqpuI
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 24, 2018
A clear majority of voters say it would be inappropriate for President Donald Trump to pardon Paul Manafort or Michael Cohen, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll https://t.co/yGEJ6k0Gxj
— POLITICO (@politico) August 24, 2018
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) August 25, 2018