Schiff: Congress Investigating Whether Trump ‘Dangled’ Private Pardons to Obstruct Investigations

Congress is currently probing reports that President Trump “privately dangled” presidential pardons in an alleged attempt to obstruct investigations into his conduct, according to a Monday tweet from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Schiff did not specify when the pardons were allegedly privately offered, or whom they concerned. But he also slammed Trump’s repeated refusal to publicly rule out a pardon for former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who’s facing years in prison on tax evasion charges. “Yesterday, the White House refused to rule out a pardon for Paul Manafort,” Schiff wrote, referencing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Monday statement that Trump will “make the decision when he’s ready.” “That Trump does so in the open is no less corrupt,” he added.