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Trump's attorney raised possibility of pardons for Flynn, Manafort last summer: reports

President Donald Trump's top lawyer steered the theory of presidential pardons closing summer season whilst speaking to lawyers of Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, according to studies Wednesday via the New York Times and Washington Post. The conversations reportedly occurred sooner than the two were ultimately charged as a part of particular counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Flynn later pleaded guilty to mendacity to investigators; Manafort faces trial later this 12 months on fees of cash laundering and tax fraud. According to mavens, elevating the potential of a pardon may well be noticed as obstruction of justice if it was intended to steer Flynn and Manafort against cooperating with prosecutors, thus hindering Mueller's investigation. The pardons were reportedly floated via John Dowd, Trump's former lead legal professional, who resigned closing week. Dowd denied the file, telling the Post "we never talked about pardons." On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders learn a commentary from present Trump lawyer Ty Cobb that mentioned: "There's no discussion or consideration of that [a pardon] at this time."