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Trump Aide Spoke During Campaign to Associate Tied to Russian Intelligence

29 March 2018, 01:43 | Floyd Cook

Trump's lawyer allegedly raised possibility of pardons for Manafort, Flynn

Trump's lawyer floated presidential pardons for Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort with their attorneys as Mueller stepped up his probe

John Dowd, the former lead defense attorney in charge of managing President Donald Trump's communications with the special counsel Robert Mueller, suggested the possibility of pardons for two of the most critical figures in the Russian Federation investigation at the height of the inquiry, The New York Times reported.

In December, after Flynn pleaded guilty, Trump was asked by reporters if he would be willing to pardon Flynn and Trump replied he wasn't ready to discuss it - "yet".

"I have only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House", he said.

Dowd denied to the Times that he discussed pardons with the lawyers for Flynn and Manafort.

Van der Zwaan-the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, who is suing BuzzFeed News over its publication of the Trump-Russia dossier-pleaded guilty in February to lying to the special counsel.

Meanwhile, Manafort's status as Trump's campaign chairman during a crucial time in the 2016 election is also likely of interest to investigators.

A campaign aide toDonald Trump directly communicated a month before the 2016 presidential election with a man he knew was a onetime Russian spy, according to a court filing by Special CounselRobert Mueller. In a statement to the Times, Dowd denied the report. In the sentencing memorandum filed late Tuesday, Muller said the lawyer was "expressly warned by the government that it is a crime to lie to the Special Counsel's Office, that lying could constitute a federal crime, and that such conduct would carry with it the possibility of going to jail if he were convicted. van der Zwaan stated that he understood".

The newspaper, citing three anonymous people with knowledge of the discussions, says that then-Trump attorney, John Dowd, raised the idea with attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Legal experts were split on whether such a discussion would amount to obstruction of justice, even if Dowd broached the idea with Trump before talking to lawyers for Manafort and Flynn - a point that the New York Times said remained unclear.

However, he added that Dowd represented Trump in his personal capacity, as opposed to Cobb, who represents the White House.

Manafort and Flynn were closely linked to Trump during the campaign and in the White House, respectively. During his first interview with the Special Counsel's Office, van der Zwaan admitted that he knew of that connection, stating that Gates told him Person A was a former Russian Intelligence Officer with GRU. He said that Person A made him aware that charges could be forthcoming against them in Ukraine over their report on Tymoshenko.

"I hope they're right", he said.

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