Former FBI Agent: Trump ‘Dangling a Pardon’ to Influence Manafort Could be ‘Evidence of Obstruction’

Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa says President Trump is on the verge of obstructing justice by teasing a possible presidential pardon for Paul Manafort.

The president told reporters on Wednesday that a pardon for his former campaign chairman is “not off the table.” This comes amid the news that Robert Mueller has accused Manafort of lying to the FBI, which endangers his plea deal with the special counsel.

Rangappa was asked about all of this on CNN’s New Day, and she says Trump and Manafort could be in “hot water” if they ever spoke about pardons through the joint defense agreement held by their legal teams. She also guessed that these legal problems are prompting Trump’s lawyers to tell him to “shut up” when it comes to pardons.

“Yes, the president has very broad pardon power, he could pardon Manafort, but dangling a pardon is something different. It’s offering to use your presidential power in order to encourage or entice or influence somebody’s behavior. That’s a separate act, and that can also be evidence of obstruction.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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