During a briefing on drug trafficking on the southern border of the United States, coincidentally happening the day before the Senate is expected to vote against his national emergency declaration, Trump was asked about pardoning his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. With a federal judge Wednesday adding three and a half years for misleading the U.S. government about his foreign lobbying word and witness tampering on to the sentence he received last week in a separate case in Virginia for tax and bank fraud, Manafort faces a total of seven and a half years in prison.
"I have not even given it a thought..."
Okay, an obvious lie, of course you've thought about it, but you're just using a figure a speech to move on, got it.
"...as of this moment..."
Okay, not moving on quite yet.
"It's not something right now on my mind."
Dude, we got it, jeez.
The pardon-proof indictments Trump says he doesn't know anything about yet, which is probably true because they happened just before he started this meeting, are 16 counts from a New York State grand jury that include residential mortgage fraud, a scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy.
One possibly/likely troubling thing Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said while announcing the new charges was, "No one is above the law in New York.” That statement comes after New York Attorney General Letitia James opened a civil investigation this week into Trump’s business dealings, reportedly looking into four real estate projects and his failed bid in 2014 to purchase the Buffalo Bills.
His comment on that was as expected...