Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanSenate Dems request probe of White House security clearances Brennan calls light Manafort sentence ‘extraordinarily lenient’ in light of crimes committed Brennan says he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if more Mueller indictments come on Friday MORE said Monday that he had “no doubt” President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg: ‘I have more years of government experience under my belt’ than Trump Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview Buttigieg calls Pence ‘cheerleader for the porn star presidency’ MORE would pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGOP senator says he was surprised at sentence for ‘sleazoid’ Manafort McCabe says he was ‘shocked’ by ‘incredibly lenient’ Manafort sentence Sunday shows preview: 2020 field begins to take shape MORE, from his 47-month prison sentence.
“I don’t have any doubt that Mr. Trump is going to pardon Paul Manafort at some point,” Brennan said on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily.” “The question is when.”
“I do believe that Manafort will be able to get out of the federal charges because, what does Trump have to lose if he pardons him,” added Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump.
The ex-CIA director went on to support his prediction by noting how “highly” Trump has spoken of Manafort and how the president believes he is the target of a “witch hunt.”
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“He feels as if this whole investigation has been a lark and a witch hunt. And so why would Trump allow him to stay in jail if those were his views,” Brennan continued. “Anything is possible with Trump. He uses these powers as he wants to, and as he believes is going to help him personally.
“I think Trump is ultimately going to pardon him.”
The comments from Brennan come less than a week after federal Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison for a range a financial crimes.
Manafort was convicted of eight criminal charges of bank and tax fraud in August 2018. He faces separate sentencing for convictions related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s Russia probe at a Washington, D.C., court this week.
Trump said last week that he felt “very badly” for Manafort, but that he had not discussed the possibility of a pardon.
Brennan noted that Trump would not be able to pardon Manafort if he faces state charges. The New York Times has reported that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is preparing to bring state charges against him.