Reacting to Wednesday’s ruling by a federal judge that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said the 69-year-old could be looking at a presidential pardon due to the amount of jail time he’s facing
In her decision, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort violated the plea agreement he reached with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office by lying to the FBI, therefore no longer binding Mueller to the agreement. The ruling comes after Mueller told the court in November 2018 that Manafort lied to investigators about his interactions with Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik.
At the end of a Fox & Friends segment Thursday morning, Napolitano was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade to briefly break down what happened in the Manafort case. The judge noted that the ex-Trump campaign chief was accused of telling five lies to a federal grand jury and the judge found he had definitively lied three times.
“This tells me, A, he’s exposed to more than 20 years in jail,” Napolitano asserted. “That is so much jail time, he might very well be a candidate for a pardon.”
After Kilmeade interjected to highlight Manafort’s age, the libertarian Fox analyst concluded by stating “the public might accept the pardon” and that “Mueller is still on the hunt.”
Manafort, who is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13th, is looking at a maximum of ten years in prison for pleading guilty to two felony conspiracy counts. He was already found guilty of multiple counts of bank and tax fraud in August 2018.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.