Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort

Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen Brennan10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week MORE said Monday that he doesn't have "any doubt" President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE would pardon his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortPoll: Nearly half of Republicans say no one on Trump campaign committed a crime It is wrong to say 'no collusion' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE from his 47-month prison sentence.

"I don't have any doubt that Mr. Trump is going to pardon Paul Manafort at some point," Brennan said on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily." "The question is when."

"I do believe that Paul Manafort will be able to get out of the federal charges because what does Donald Trump have to lose if he pardons him?" added Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump.

The ex-CIA director went on to support his prediction by noting how "highly" Trump has spoken of Manafort and the fact that the president believes he is the target of a "witch hunt."

"He feels as though this whole investigation has been a lark and a witch hunt. And so why would Donald Trump allow him to stay in jail if those were his views?" Brennan continued. "Anything is possible with Donald Trump. ... He uses these powers as he wants to and as he believes is going to help him personally.

"I think Donald Trump is ultimately going to pardon him," he said.

The comments from Brennan come less than a week after Judge T.S. Ellis III sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison for a range a financial crimes. 

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Manafort was convicted of eight criminal charges of bank and tax fraud in August. He faces separate sentencing for convictions related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia probe in a Washington, D.C., court this week. 

Trump said last week that he felt "very badly" for Manafort but that he had not discussed the possibility of a pardon.

Brennan noted that Trump would not be able to pardon Manafort if he faces state charges. The New York Times has reported that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is preparing to bring state charges against him.