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Thomas Wood @twoodiac
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Trump’s threat to pardon Manafort must be taken seriously. Trump wouldn't pardon Manafort for anything Manafort did in connection with the campaign #manafort
1/ (that would strip Manafort of his Fifth Amendment protection for those matters): only for the financial crimes involved in the two court cases. #manafort
2/ This pardon would thereby remove all the pressure Manafort is under to be a cooperating witness against Trump for collusion, and would still leave Manafort with Fifth Amendment protection over the collusion/conspiracy matter.
3/ The controversy would then quickly move to whether pardoning Manafort in this way constituted obstruction of justice. Of course, that would be Trump’s overriding motive, but the case that this wasn’t the motive might be colorable enough to protect Trump against impeachment.
4/ If Trump pardons Manafort in this way, it will be one more thing--a huge thing--that will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. November 6 becomes steadily more and more important: the most important election in my lifetime--and that goes back a ways.
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