Manafort and Stone may be hauled back to court despite Trump pardon, says top Mueller prosecutor
Paul Manafort and Roger Stone could still find themselves in legal trouble despite Donald Trump's pardon, said a top attorney.
Andrew Weissman, who served as the prosecutor in the Russia investigation by special adviser Robert Mueller, believes that both men - convicted in that investigation - could be brought before a grand jury again and asked to testify.
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Mr Manafort, the President's former campaign manager, was jailed in 2019 for financial crimes.
Meanwhile, Mr. Stone, a former adviser to the President, has been convicted of multiple offenses, including obstructing the House's investigation into whether the Trump campaign had cooperated with Russia in the 2016 election campaign.
He was sentenced to 40 months in prison, but his sentence was commuted in July, the day before he was due to be detained.
Both have now been convicted by Mr Trump, who issues a series of pardons for ex-aides implicated in the scandal as he prepares to leave the White House in January.
Speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, Mr Weissman said none of the men are completely out of the woods yet and will have no protection from future charges.
"You cannot be excused for future crimes, and each of these people, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, have evidence on their minds," he said.
"You have information that a grand jury might seek. You can receive any grand jury subpoenas necessary to testify on the grand jury."
Michael Flynn, the President's first national security adviser, was pardoned in November for lying twice to prosecutors about his contacts with Russia.
Mr Weissman added, "Then if they sit before the grand jury on what is a new crime and this happens after January 20th, there will be no President Trump at that time to give them a no-custodial card.
"And all of the President's efforts to protect his friends, allies and potential conspirators are in vain.
"Because all of these people can be in the bag of tricks to be put before the grand jury where they either have to tell the truth or run the risk of being prosecuted for a new crime of perjury and obstruction of justice."
The president announced another two dozen pardons on Wednesday evening, a move criticized by members of his own party.
In the past week, he has graced nearly 50 people. Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared, was among the others whose crimes were excused.
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