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Ainsley Earhardt Walks Back Her Earlier Report That Trump Considering Manafort Pardon

Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt broke some news on Hannity Wednesday night when she said President Donald Trump told her that he “would consider” pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief found guilty on eight counts and faces 80 years in prison.

Here’s a transcript of Earhardt’s comments on Hannity Wednesday night:

Earhardt: He mentioned pardoning Manafort.

Hannity: He did mention pardoning Manafort?

Earhardt: He did. He said that he would consider that. He feels I think — I think he feels bad for Manafort.

In her actual interview with Trump that aired on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, which Fox News told Mediaite was aired unedited, Earhardt asked the president about a Manafort pardon and he simply said he has “great respect” for Manafort.

Earhardt appeared to walk back her characterization of Trump’s comments on Fox & Friends.

“He never said he was going to pardon Paul Manafort, but it sounded like to me that he might be considering it,” Earhardt said. “But he never said yes and he never said no.”

“But you asked and he did not answer,” Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy made clear.

When reached for comment a Fox News spokesperson said: “The interview was broken up into parts but the entirety of the questions and answer aired without editing.”

Watch all three clips above, via Fox News.

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