President Donald Trump is reportedly eager to pardon Paul Manafort and he might hire a new White House counsel to get the job done.
The Virginia-Pilot says a new report reveals Trump is considering the move because his current White House counsel is adamantly against the move to pardon Trump’s former campaign chairman.
Vanity Fair spoke to two people familiar with the matter who say Trump has been feuding with Don current White House Counsel Don McGahn over drafting a pardon for Manafort. His special counsel is worried about the optics associated with pardoning a man who was just convicted on eight federal charges.
McGahn is also a Trump outlier who recently admitted to working directly with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigators.
“He really at this point does not care,” one of the sources said of Trump’s decision. “He would rather fight the battle. He doesn’t want to do anything that would cede executive authority.”
When the New York Daily News asked Rudy Giuliani if Trump would hire a new White House Counsel the President’s attorney offered a simple, “Don’t know,” comment.
Robert Mueller’s special counsel recently secured a plea deal from Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen and gave immunity to AMI CEO David Pecker, who quickly confirmed the validity of Cohen’s claims that Trump paid off women to remain quiet about their affairs just ahead of the 2016 November election.
Republicans have remained fairly silent about the prospect of pardoning a criminal who worked directly with the Trump campaign in 2016.