A number of pundits have floated around the idea of President Donald Trump issuing a pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, along with all others who were arrested as a consequence of the Robert Mueller probe.
Manafort is currently awaiting trial from a Virginia jail after his bail was revoked by a federal judge on Friday. “Manafort has pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen charges as part of the Russia investigation being conducted by the special counsel Robert Mueller. Those charges include conspiracy, tax and bank fraud, failure to register as a foreign agent, and obstruction of justice,” Business Insider reports.
But Trump will not consider issuing any pardons until Mueller’s investigation is over, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
That’s a smart move.
The more Trump talks about pardoning himself and others involved in his campaign process, the more the media uses it against him and the more publicity points he loses.
Trump should stay away from using the word “pardon” in the context of the Mueller investigation. In the same breath, Trump firing Mueller would produce a similar result.
As such, Trump should wait out this probe, despite Mueller being the Democrats’ hero. Patiently giving content to MSNBC might be bitter, but its fruits will be sweet.
If Trump waits until this investigation is over and Mueller finds nothing incriminating Trump, it will become clear that the entire investigation was a waste of time, money and newspaper print.
At that point, Trump will be able to successfully argue that those arrested during the course of Mueller’s investigation were only looked at because of the witch hunt process.