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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE on Thursday said he would consider granting pardons for individuals implicated in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 HannityThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Gohmert tests positive; safety fears escalate on Capitol Hill Trump again targets Fox: 'They totally forgot who got them where they are' Trump's too little, too late coronavirus pivot 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 says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification Republicans plow ahead with Russia origins probe 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 ManafortTrump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads 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 StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing 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 Durham4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE's findings on the origins of that probe will be released. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? 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 Obama2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Statehood for Puerto Rico and the obstruction of justice MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system 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."