Now that Donald Trump has pardoned Paul Manafort, one former member of the Robert Mueller team is now explaining that a large chunk of Manafort’s asset forfeitures were done on a civil as opposed to a criminal level, so Manafort wouldn’t be able to get the money back even if he were pardoned.
The Mueller team turned out to be a massive failure, of course. But if nothing else, this is the latest reminder that pardons aren’t magic wands, and it’s not that difficult to at least partially work around them. There’s still a criminal case against Manafort in New York State, for instance, meaning he could end up back in prison when all is said and done.
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Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report