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 ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer MORE told his former business partner Richard Gates that it would be stupid to plead guilty because President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE's counsel was "going to take care of us," according to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 GiulianiGiuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official Trump doubles down on Jewish controversy Trump retweets baby elephant video 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.