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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigation. 

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews 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 CohenCapitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations 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 SchiffTrump: Jews who vote Democrat show 'lack of knowledge or great disloyalty' Are Democrats turning Trump-like? Schiff offers bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime 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.