WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump is still undecided on whether or not he will pardon Paul Manafort, his former campaign chair who was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison over bank and tax fraud convictions.
“He’ll make a decision on that when he’s ready,” Sanders said during a press briefing.
On Friday, Trump told reporters that he felt “very badly” for Manafort, claiming that the sentencing showed that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The District Judge in the case, T.S. Ellis III, said that the case did not touch on collusion, but did not definitively say there was none.
Manafort is expected to be sentenced in D.C. District Court on Wednesday over counts related to conspiracy and witness tampering.
He risks adding an additional decade to his sentence.
Sanders declined to address the other pardon issue surrounding the president.
On Friday Trump tweeted that Michael Cohen, his former fixer turned adversary, had directly asked him for a pardon, something that Cohen went on to deny.
Sanders declined to provide any context for when or how the request may have been made.
“I’m not going to get into specifics of things that are currently under review by the oversight committee and other committees.”