Sanders: 'No discussion' of pardoning former Trump aides

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that there are no discussions about pardoning former aides of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s investigation. 

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE by ABC News, Sanders said there's “no discussion I’m aware of on any pardons at this point."


Former Trump aides and associates who pleaded guilty or were convicted in connection with the special counsel's investigation include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and Manafort, who was convicted of tax fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy and failure to disclose a hidden foreign bank account.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Karen McDougal sues Fox News over alleged slander Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE, also pleaded guilty to eight federal counts last year. A lawyer who was in touch with Cohen in spring 2018 told CNN earlier this month that Cohen asked him to bring up the prospect of a pardon to Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney. 

Earlier this month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCBS's Major Garrett: Democrats walking away from bribery, extortion allegations against Trump 'in full public view' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles Trump, White House rip Democrats over impeachment articles MORE (D-Calif.) expressed concerns about the prospect of the Trump administration dangling pardons to witnesses tied to either the Mueller investigation or the one by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, which is probing payments made to two women who say they had affairs with Trump. 

A Hill-HarrisX poll found that 76 percent of respondents opposed Trump pardoning former campaign aides.

Mueller late Friday submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr, who provided Congress with a summary of its findings on Sunday. Barr wrote that Mueller's team found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but could not exonerate Trump on the issue of obstruction of justice. Barr said he and a top aide decided not to charge Trump with that crime.