Rubio Won’t Call Manafort Pardon a ‘Red Line,’ Weakly Threatens ‘Debate’ if Trump Pardons


Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) continued the valiant search for his spine Sunday morning when he issued several comically weak threats in the face of Donald Trump‘s potential pardon of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

On the latest edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, host Martha Raddatz noted that Trump recently and explicitly dangled a pardon for Manafort, who faces deepening legal jeopardy that could land him in jail for the rest of his life.

“Just last week, Trump refused to take a pardon for Manafort off the table after Rudy Giuliani acknowledged being in touch with Manafort’s lawyers. If the president pardoned Trump [sic], is that a red line for you, would that be obstruction of justice” Raddatz asked.

“I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that,” Rubio interrupted, and repeated himself several times for emphasis.

“I do. I believe it’d be a terrible mistake,”Rubio said, skirting the “red line” and “obstruction of justice” questions.

Then, he brought out the big guns. Faced with the possibility of Trump pardoning a potential accomplice — an act which even former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer says would be impeachable —  Rubio said “I would not be supportive of it, I would be critical of it.”

If that wasn’t enough to make Trump quake in his boots, Rubio wasn’t done yet. In addition to the frightening prospect of criticism from Marco Rubio,Rubio also warned that Trump’s pardon of Manafort “could trigger a debate about whether the pardon powers should be amended given these circumstances.”

Winter may or may not be coming for Trump, but one thing is for certain: He will eventually have to face a light mist from Marco Rubio, maybe.

Watch the clip above, via ABC News.

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