Trump on Manafort pardon: ‘I have not even given it a thought’

Trump on Manafort pardon: ‘I have not even given it a thought’

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(President Donald Trump took questions on Paul Manfort's sentencing Wednesday. WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has not yet considered granting a pardon to Paul Manafort, shortly after Trump’s former campaign chair was sentenced to roughly 7-1/2 and years in prison  then moments later indicted on even more charges.

“I have not even given it a thought as of this moment,” Trump told reporters during an unrelated event on drug trafficking “It’s not something that’s right now on my mind.”

Trump added that he feels “badly” for Manafort.

After receiving a 47-month sentence in the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday for bank and tax fraud convictions, Manafort received an 43 additional months in prison for two counts of conspiracy.

On Wednesday Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for D.C. sentenced Manafort to 60 months on one count and 13 counts on the other.

The first 30 months, however, will be served concurrently with his initial 47-month sentence — bringing his total sentence to 7 years and 6 months.

Roughly 9 months he has spent in prison awaiting sentencing will also count as time served.

Both of the conspiracy counts carried a maximum of 5 years.

Just moments after Wednesday’s sentencing, New York state prosecutors indicted Manafort on 16 counts of mortgage fraud, conspiracy and doctoring business records.

Trump would not have the authority to pardon Manafort if he is convicted by the state.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders suggested that Trump was still undecided on a pardon.

During a press briefing, she said: “He’ll make a decision when he is ready.”

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