Trump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Thursday said he would consider granting pardons for individuals implicated in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation.

"I’ve looked at a lot of different people. They’ve been treated extremely unfairly, and I think I probably would, yes," Trump told Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE on Fox News.

The president did not offer specific names, but multiple Trump associates pleaded guilty or were convicted as part of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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The president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Papadopoulos served 14 days in prison, while the Department of Justice moved to drop the charge against Flynn in a case that remains in flux.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE is serving out a prison term after he was convicted on charges of tax fraud and bank fraud.

Trump commuted the sentence of associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Has Trump beaten the system? Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not MORE earlier this month before he was due to report to prison, but he did not grant a full pardon.

The president spoke at length on Hannity's show about the fallout of Mueller's investigation amid speculation about when U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney MORE's findings on the origins of that probe will be released. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election MORE previously said to expect developments in the probe this summer.

 

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The president repeated his oft-levied allegations that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th A path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE spied on his campaign. He has previously accused Obama of treason, an allegation that is unsupported.

"A lot of things have been learned and what happened is a disgrace," Trump said when asked if Obama and Biden should have to answer for their roles in the origins of Mueller's investigation. "Again, should never ever happen."