Manafort told Rick Gates that Trump's lawyers would 'take care of us,' Mueller report says

Manafort told Rick Gates that Trump's lawyers would 'take care of us,' Mueller report says
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE told his former business partner Richard Gates that it would be stupid to plead guilty because President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's counsel was "going to take care of us," according to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's report. 

Gates asked Manfaort during the exchange last year whether pardons were discussed and Manafort told him that the word was not directly used, according to the report released Thursday.

"In January 2018, Manafort told Gates that he had talked to the President's personal counsel and they were 'going to take care of us,' " the report said.

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"Manafort told Gates it was stupid to plead, saying that he had been in touch with the President's personal counsel and repeating that they should 'sit tight' and 'we'll be taken care of,' " it continued. "Gates asked Manafort outright if anyone mentioned pardons and Manafort said no one used that word."

Manafort said he hoped for a pardon but never discussed one with Trump, according to the report. 

Manafort and Gates were charged in Mueller's probe in October 2017. Gates pleaded guilty last year to conspiring against the U.S. and making a false statement to federal officials. Manafort was convicted of filing false tax returns, bank fraud and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi House Democrats considering probe into Giuliani's overseas political work: report MORE, who represents Trump, told The Washington Post last year that the president asked him for advice on whether to pardon Manafort. 

Giuliani clarified later in a statement that his "only conversation about a pardon was a generic one that occurred." 

The Justice Department on Thursday released a redacted version of Mueller's highly anticipated report on whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, including whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign.