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 TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE said Wednesday he feels “very badly” for Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews 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 MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own 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.