Schumer: Trump better not talk about pardons, Cohen, Manafort at West Virginia rally

Schumer: Trump better not talk about pardons, Cohen, Manafort at West Virginia rally
© Anna Moneymaker

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerYouth organizations call on Biden to ensure 'bold' climate investments New York Times calls on Cuomo to resign 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-N.Y.) warned President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE on Tuesday that he should not discuss Michael Cohen or Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE during a campaign stop in West Virginia later that day.

“He better not talk about pardons or Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort tonight or any time in the future,” Schumer told reporters at the start of a press conference on his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The campaign rally in West Virginia will come hours after Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of eight counts of bank and tax fraud.


Schumer declined to further discuss Cohen's plea or the verdicts, noting he had been in a meeting with Kavanaugh and wasn’t fully briefed on both events.

But other Democrats immediately seized on the news, saying it proved special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s probe into the 2016 election isn’t a “witch hunt,” as Trump has called it numerous times.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Senators highlight security threats from China during rare public hearing | Facebook suspends accounts of NYU researchers who've criticized platform Senators highlight national security threats from China during rare public hearing Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE (D-Va.) warned that a pardon in this instance would be a “gross abuse of authority.”