In a stunning reversal of fortunes for the embattled former Trump campaign chairman, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Paul Manafort’s bail Friday morning and instead ordered that he be taken into pre-trial detention pending his September trial.
This morning, Trump, who has been an outspoken advocate for the disgraced former official, took to Twitter to lament the development.
Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
But Rudy Giuliani eclipsed even Trump in terms of misguided statements, as the president’s sideshow lawyer issued a less-than-subtle message to the embattled former campaign chairman.
NEW: Rudy Giuliani tells @NYDailyNews "things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons" when the "whole thing is over" in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) June 15, 2018
Per a reporter from the New York Daily News, Giuliani’s statement suggests that Manafort should not cooperate with Mueller since Trump will likely issue a pardon to him at the end of the investigation.
This is not the first tacit acknowledgment of an impending Trump pardon in exchange for loyalty. Trump has been on a tear issuing pardons to political allies, including former Maricopa sheriff Joe Arpaio, political ally Dinesh D’Souza, and Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashion lobbied for her release in the aftermath of husband Kanye West’s vocal support for Trump. The pardons are widely believed to be a message to political allies that loyalty will be swiftly rewarded.
This whole lawless tactic reeks of a Constitutional crisis, which is especially hypocritical given that Trump ran on a “law and order” campaign. Of course, just like everything else, it was nothing more than empty rhetoric to convince his mindless base that he was in it for anyone other than himself and his family.