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

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE said Wednesday he feels “very badly” for Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon 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.”

ADVERTISEMENT

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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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.