Will Trump pardon Manafort? With guilty verdict for one-time campaign manager seeming likely, does his only hope for freedom lie with his former boss?

Will Trump pardon Manafort? With guilty verdict for one-time campaign manager seeming likely, does his only hope for freedom lie with his former boss?

By Hannah Moore For Dailymail.com

10:37 EDT 04 Aug 2018, updated 11:02 EDT 04 Aug 2018

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• As Paul Manafort’s trial continues it appears likely he will be found guilty of fraud

• The 69-year-old will face years of jail time if he is convicted by the Virginia jury

• He is the first person special counsel Robert Mueller has taken to a jury trial

• Manafort pleaded not guilty, didn’t take a deal or flip on Trump for clemency

• Increasingly, it appears this could be because he is hoping for a pardon

• Trump has previously pardoned controversial conservative convicted criminals 

• Scooter Libby was pardoned in April after he was convicted for leaking to media

• Many saw the decision as a ‘message’ to those being called up by Mueller 

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is expected to be found guilty when his trial in Virginia wraps up – but will he manage to avoid jail?

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, facing fraud charges for allegedly hiding millions from the IRS and failing to declare overseas bank accounts, is gearing up for the second week of his trial.

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The 69-year-old is the first person implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian collusion to face a jury, and the past week has not gone well for him.

Manafort has been painted as a liar, who would rather spend his money on an opulent lifestyle than pay taxes.

Next week, his ‘right-hand man’ Rick Gates will testify against him as part of a plea deal Gates made with Mueller.

Gates is expected to provide jurors with the first-hand account of a co-conspirator, and say Manafort was knee-deep in an alleged scheme to hide millions of dollars from the IRS and defraud several banks.

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As Manafort’s chances of a not guilty verdict appear to rapidly shrink, his last hope for freedom lies in the President.

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Manafort has been charged with hiding millions from the IRS in undeclared overseas bank accounts. Next week, his ‘right-hand man’ Rick Gates, who took a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, is expected to testify against him

Trump has worked to distance himself from the case, noting Manafort was with him for only a ‘very short time’, and that he had no idea there was an investigation into his behavior.

‘Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders,’ he wrote on August 1.

‘He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with collusion – a hoax!’

Hours later, the President appeared to calm himself and changed his tune slightly – this time referring to his former campaign manager as a ‘Regan/Dole darling’ and suggesting mob bosses received better treatment than he did.

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Trump initially tried to distance himself from Manafort (pictured) in social media posts, before hours later turning around and claiming the 69-year-old was being treated worse than mob boss Al Capone

‘Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and ‘public enemy number one,’ or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?’ he wrote.

While this case has very little, if anything to do with Russian collusion, many within Trump’s camp believe Mueller is trying to convince Manafort to help him gather more information on potential collusion.

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Going to trial instead of taking a deal could be seen as an act of solidarity with the President, and could curry his favor should Manafort require a pardon or commuted sentence.

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A pardon would not be out of the question for the former campaign manager. Trump appears to have a track record of using his powers to help his friends or send messages to his opponents.

In April, Trump pardoned Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, in a move many saw as a signal to those being called up by Mueller’s team.

Libby, who was then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice after leaking the name of a CIA officer to the media.

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<img id=”i-3f79fde15450efe0″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/04/15/4EC8DA9800000578-6026339-image-a-10_1533392233218.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”423″ alt=”Manafort’s reluctance to take a deal or turn on someone else within the party is an act of hope he will be pardoned by Trump, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti has said”/>

Manafort’s reluctance to take a deal or turn on someone else within the party is an act of hope he will be pardoned by Trump, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti has said

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail, but President George W Bush granted him clemency, meaning he did not have to serve his sentence, but the conviction was not overturned.

When Trump announced the pardon, Democratic Rep Adam Schiff took to Twitter to share what he saw as the true meaning of the pardon.

‘This is the President’s way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation: You have my back and I’ll have yours,’ he wrote.

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Previously, Trump pardoned Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby (pictured), convicted of leaking the name of a covert CIA agent to the press in 2007. Democrat Adam Schiff said the move as a ‘message’ to those implicated in the Mueller trial to keep him out of it and they would be looked after

Trump has also pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was sentenced to five years probation and eight months in a community confinement center in San Diego for making illegal ‘straw donations’ to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran as a republican for a New York senate seat.

A straw donation is where one person flouts campaign finance limits by having other people make the donation on their behalf, and reimburses them the money.

The President said D’Souza had been treated ‘very unfairly’ by the government.

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the recipient of Trump’s first-ever political pardon, was convicted after violating a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos.

The 85-year-old continued to detain people based on suspicion they were in the USA illegally – something a judge had specifically ordered him to stop doing, noting he was not authorized to make such arrests.

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Trump’s first-ever Presidential pardon was awarded to conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of making illegal ‘straw donations’ to a Republican candidate. The President said D’Souza had been treated ‘very unfairly’

Trump pardoned Arpaio before he could even be sentenced, telling reporters he was ‘loved in Arizona’.

‘He’s done a great job for the people of Arizona, he’s very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration,’ Trump said.

‘I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him, right before the election voting started.

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‘I thought that was very, very unfair thing to do.’

Arpaio is now running for a senate seat, calling himself ‘Sheriff Joe’ and pledging unwavering support to the President.

‘We cannot sit idly by while our nation faces unprecedented challenges. President Trump needs my help in the Senate,’ he wrote on his website.

‘He needs a conservative vote he can count on, and a voice in the Senate who knows first hand the threats our nation is dealing with.’

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<img id=”i-27dab1ff52b5b186″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/04/15/4ED2452800000578-6026339-image-a-15_1533392272710.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”423″ alt=”Trump has also pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of continuing to detain Latinos he suspected were not in the country legally, despite not having the power to do so. Arpaio was pardoned before he was even sentenced, and is now running for a senate seat hoping to help Trump in Washington”/>

Trump has also pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of continuing to detain Latinos he suspected were not in the country legally, despite not having the power to do so. Arpaio was pardoned before he was even sentenced, and is now running for a senate seat hoping to help Trump in Washington

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti told Vox Manafort is facing years behind bars if he is convicted – something that appears very likely at this point.

Mariotti explained the 69-year-old is risking a lot by not taking a deal or flip on someone else, namely Trump, in order to preserve his freedom.

‘Mueller has done everything he could to put maximum pressure on Manafort,’ he said.

‘The man is facing charges in two different jurisdictions, a variety of federal charges carrying very substantial penalties, but for whatever reason, he has decided not to plead guilty, not to flip.

‘My speculation would be that’s because he’s hoping for a pardon or expecting a pardon, and if you’re expecting a pardon at the end, there’s no real downside in going to trial, as long as you feel confident you’ll get a pardon eventually.’

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