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
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-N.Y.) warned President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE on Tuesday that he should not discuss Michael Cohen or Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships On The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China MORE (D-Va.) warned that a pardon in this instance would be a “gross abuse of authority.”