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Schiff: Trump refusal to rule out Manafort pardon adds to evidence of obstruction of justice

Schiff: Trump refusal to rule out Manafort pardon adds to evidence of obstruction of justice
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Trade talks, Cohen sentencing memo take center stage Hillicon Valley: Huawei executive facing possible US fraud charges | Dem blames White House for failure of election security bill | FCC investigating wireless carriers over coverage data | Assange rejects deal to leave embassy Dem lawmaker: Trump Jr. lied to Congress on two occasions MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE's refusal to rule out a pardon for his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFive takeaways from the bombshell Cohen, Manafort filings Cohen and Manafort pose new problems for President Trump Hannity downplays Cohen, Manafort filings: 'How will America ever recover?' MORE, adds to evidence that the president is obstructing justice.

"The president continues to dangle a pardon for Paul Manafort, which only adds to growing body of evidence that the president is engaged in obstructing justice," Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC's "This Week."

Trump said last week that he had not discussed a pardon for Manafort, but that he would not "take it off the table."

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Manafort pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation after he was convicted on bank and tax fraud charges in order to avoid a second, separate trial. However, prosecutors last week accused Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to investigators.

Schiff, who is among the most outspoken critics of the president, said Sunday that Mueller will have to "throw the book" at Manafort and Jerome Corsi, a Stone associate who publicly declared last week that he would reject a plea deal from the special counsel and instead file a criminal complaint in the case. Corsi has come under scrutiny for his ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"You cannot have people who are essentially in discussions with you flaunt that process, deceive you, if you want to telegraph to other witnesses that you darn well better be true when you say you want to cooperate with us," Schiff said.

Mueller has thus far obtained guilty pleas from former Trump associates Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosGeorge Papadopoulos leaves federal prison after serving 12 days The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn, citing his 'substantial assistance' MORE for lying to investigators or Congress.