Gov. Malloy Does Not See How Trump Could Justify Presidential Pardons

Bill Sencio
August 22, 2018 - 3:17 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy weighed in on the conviction and plea deal by Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort respectively.

The Connecticut governor, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump in the past, called Tuesday's events remarkable. When asked for his thoughts on the likelihood of Trump pardoning his two former associates, Malloy was skeptical. "With respect to Cohen, that would be very difficult," the governor said. "With respect to Manafort, what would be the basis to pardon somebody for having failed to disclose $60 million in revenue? What would be the basis to do that, other than you've lost your mind?"

Malloy's words echo U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who previously said that a pardon for Manafort would, essentially, be seen an admission of guild by President Trump.

Malloy said the entire situation regarding Trump's former associates has a "sort of Nixonian feel."