Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Wednesday blasted President Trump’s latest pardons of political allies such as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and political adviser Roger Stone as “rotten to the core.”
Sasse issued his statement Wednesday evening, specifically mentioning Manafort and Stone.
“This is rotten to the core,” he said in a terse-one liner.
The statement by Sasse said that “felons like Manafort and Stone” had “flagrantly and repeatedly violated the law and harmed Americans.”
Sasse was the first GOP senator out of the gate to criticize the pardons. Others are likely to follow.
Trump also pardoned Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who pleaded guilty in 2004 of 16 counts of tax evasion and retaliating against a witness. He served two years in prison.
“During the Mueller investigation, Trump’s lawyer floated a pardon to Manafort. Manafort withdrew his cooperation with prosecutors, lied, was convicted, and then Trump praised him for not ‘ratting.’ Trump’s pardon now completes the corrupt scheme. Lawless until the bitter end,” Schiff tweeted Wednesday.
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