WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Friday that he has not had any conversations about pardoning Paul Manafort, the chair of his 2016 campaign who was sentenced Thursday to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud.
“I don’t even discuss it,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn.
Manafort’s prison sentence fell well below federal sentencing guidelines, giving the president an opportunity to take a victory lap of sorts.
“The judge said there was no collusion with Russia. This has nothing to do with collusion,” Trump said.
The judge, T.S. Ellis III from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, actually said that the case did not involve potential collusion with Russia.
Manafort will have an additional sentencing hearing next week with D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson over two conspiracy counts, raising the possibility of an additional 10 years added to his sentence.