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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation. 

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWhy did Mueller allow his investigation to continue for two years? Manafort transferred to minimum security federal prison Poll: Nearly half of Republicans say no one on Trump campaign committed a crime 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 CohenHow I learned to love the witch hunt Trump's job approval ticks up 2 points: Gallup Dem lawmaker: 'Very serious doubts' that IRS is 'properly auditing' Trump 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 SchiffOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report 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.