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Dan Abrams: Trump is Going to Pardon Paul Manafort

Mediaite founder and ABC’s chief legal analyst Dan Abrams predicted that President Donald Trump will pardon his former campaign chief Paul Manafort in the days after the 2020 election.

“Is it just me being cynical — I think Manafort is going to get pardoned by Trump, I don’t think any of this matters,” Abrams said this afternoon while on his SiriusXM show.

“But he could… [do] it right after the election in 2020, win or lose. So he’s either won so it doesn’t matter, or he loses so it doesn’t matter,” he continued. “Manafort’s going to get pardoned, ladies and gentleman. I’m telling you, in November 2020. So his sentence is a year and a half… I don’t think he’s going to want it to get involved before 2020.”

Abrams made the prediction after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump is weighing his options in regards to Manafort.

“The president has made his position on that clear and he’ll make a decision when he’s ready,” Sanders said.

However, Trump shrugged off the idea of pardoning Manafort as recently as Friday.

“I don’t even discuss it,” he told reporters gathered outside the White House. “The only one discussing it is you.”

The president also said in November that a Manafort pardon has “never” been discussed but noted that he won’t “take it off the table.”

Listen above, via Sirius XM.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma