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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE said Monday he has not considered pardoning people who were targeted by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski 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 Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 ManafortLewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy 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 Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference 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 RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE decided not to bring obstruction charges against Trump due to lack of definitive proof.

--Updated at 1:21 p.m.