Obama ethics chief: Trump is ‘not going to survive Manafort testimony’

Former President Obama's ethics chief, Norm Eisen, said Sunday that he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE will not "survive" the testimony of his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFormer White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report Cohen questioned for hours in Mueller probe about Trump's dealings with Russia: report MORE.

"He's not going to survive Manafort's testimony," Eisen, a frequent critic of Trump, told ABC's "This Week."

"I think there’s a substantial possibility that this evidence that Manafort is offering will implicate somebody up the chain," Eisen added. "Who is up the chain from Paul Manafort, who was the chair of the Trump campaign?"

Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal charges last Friday, agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.

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The two charges included money laundering and illegally lobbying for a Kremlin-friendly group in Ukraine. 

The president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has said that Trump has nothing to worry about from Manafort's cooperation.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "It is totally unrelated."

Eisen added on Sunday that pardoning Manafort would not help Trump. 

"The pardon will only ... hurt Trump," Eisen told ABC. "It will only dig the hole deeper."