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 TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s investigation. 

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon 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 offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public 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 SchiffSchiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff 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.