Trump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation'

Trump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE said Wednesday he feels “very badly” for Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE after his former campaign chairman’s prison sentence was increased to 7 ½ years, but he would not say if he would offer Manafort a pardon.

“It’s a very sad situation,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Certainly on a human basis, it’s a very sad thing. I feel badly for him.”

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Trump said he has not thought about a pardon for Manafort, who was convicted of a slew of financial crimes in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But he also did not rule out the possibility.

“I have not even given it a thought as of this moment. It’s not something that’s right now on my mind,” the president said.

Minutes after Manafort’s sentencing in Washington, D.C., the Manhattan district attorney charged the once powerful Republican consultant in a mortgage fraud scheme.

If Manafort is convicted in that case, Trump could not offer him clemency, as it is a state case.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson added 43 months to Manafort’s prison term earlier Wednesday. He faced a maximum of 10 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges and other crimes.

A Virginia-based federal judge sentenced Manafort to just under four years in prison last week.