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Report: Prosecutors Grow Worried That Trump Will Pardon Manafort To Prevent Him From Flipping

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Donald Trump has already abused his power to pardon Joe Arpaio from going to jail for six months after racially profiling Latinos in Arizona. Now, according to Politico, prosecutors are growing concerned that Trump will pardon Paul Manafort from being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“State and federal prosecutors believe the prospect of a presidential pardon could affect whether Manafort decides to cooperate with investigators in the federal Trump investigation, said one of the people familiar with the matter,” Politico explained. “While Trump has not signaled any public intention to pardon Manafort or anyone else involved in the Russia investigations, the president has privately discussed his pardon powers with his advisers.”

Mueller has teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in investigating Manafort, but this cooperation could potentially circumvent a Trump pardon.

“The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying,” Politico concluded. “It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.”

Back in November, Schneiderman won a $25 million settlement from Trump University.

“One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering,” Politico reported. “The New York prosecutor’s office also is looking into some of Trump’s business transactions and could potentially share those records with Mueller’s team, one of these people said.”

RELATED: Mueller Just Subpoenaed Manafort’s Former Attorney And Spokesperson: Report

This article first appeared on Politicaldig.com. Published with permission.

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Republican Donor Mysteriously Acquires Millions Of Medical Supplies When Even Hospitals Can’t Get Them — Now He’s Selling Them

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A powerful Republican fundraiser has opened up a business selling medical supplies, including testing kits, N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment that even hospitals are unable to get.

The fundraiser, Mike Gula sent an email on Thursday abruptly announcing that he would get into a new line of business to capitalize on the coronavirus response, Politico reports.

“Over the last 14 days I have built another business outside politics and will be focusing my full attention there,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by Politico.

Gula didn’t specify his new line of work in the email. But in an interview, he said he’d started a new company selling medical equipment that’s been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, Blue Flame Medical LLC, was formed Monday in Delaware, according to state records. Its website says it sells coronavirus testing kits, N95 respirator masks, “a wide selection” of personal protective equipment and other “hard to find medical supplies to beat the outbreak.”

Asked how he’d managed to procure such equipment when there are shortages in hospitals across the country, Gula said, “I have relationships with a lot of people.”

Gula said he decided to trade in fundraising to sell medical supplies “because nobody was doing it. Because the president and the vice president were asking people to help.”

Gula also has two other firms: Prime Advocacy, which organizes Washington fly-ins for industry groups and others, and AMP, which he started last month to provide services for PACs.

He said he started Blue Flame in part because he wanted to leave behind the pressures of political work.

“I just want to live a private life,” he said. “I want to get out of politics.”

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