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Rubio: It would be a 'terrible mistake' for Trump to pardon Manafort

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Watch live: Day 2 at CPAC MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that it would be a "terrible mistake" for President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE to pardon former campaign chairman 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.

“I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that," Rubio told ABC's "This Week" when asked about Trump's comments that he would not take a pardon for Manafort off the table, saying it could "trigger a debate as to whether pardon powers should be amended.” 

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"Pardons should be used judiciously," Rubio said. "They're used for cases of extraordinary circumstances and I just haven't heard that the White House is thinking about doing it."

"I know he hasn’t ruled it out, but I haven't heard anyone say, we're thinking about doing it."

"I don't believe that any pardons should be used with a relation to these particular cases, frankly," Rubio added.

"Not only does it not pass the smell test, I think it undermines the reason that we have presidential pardons in the first place," he said.

Rubio made similar comments on CNN the same morning, calling it a "huge political mistake."

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 office said in a heavily redacted filing Friday that Manafort lied to prosecutors about his contacts with the White House and an associate with suspected ties to Russian intelligence after signing a plea agreement with Mueller's office.

The filing emerged more than a week after prosecutors accused Manafort of "committing federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel’s office on a variety of subject matters” in breach of his plea agreement.