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Trump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller targets

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE said Monday he has not considered pardoning people who were targeted by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s now-concluded Russia investigation.

“Haven’t thought about it,” Trump said when asked by reporters in the Oval Office if he plans to pardon people who pleaded guilty or were convicted of crimes in the probe.

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The question of whether Trump would offer clemency to Mueller’s targets was renewed Sunday after the president bemoaned that “so many people have been so badly hurt” by the investigation, which ended without stating that Trump colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election.

Trump has previously refused to rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE, who was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for a raft of financial crimes connected to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

The president has also not said whether he may pardon Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis MORE, his on-again, off-again political adviser who was indicted for obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements about his contact with WikiLeaks about emails that were stolen from top Democrats during the 2016 campaign.

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters there is “no discussion I’m aware of on any pardons at this point.”

Trump’s legal advisers urged him not to pardon any Mueller targets while the investigation was ongoing out of concern it would fuel the notion he was trying to obstruct the probe.

Mueller ended his investigation without determining whether Trump committed obstruction, according to Attorney General William Barr. Barr added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE decided not to bring obstruction charges against Trump due to lack of definitive proof.

--Updated at 1:21 p.m.