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

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that it would be a "terrible mistake" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE to pardon former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJustice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report Justice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort 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) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate 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.