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Sat Nov 30, 2019, 06:46 PM

It's a good bet Trump pardons his felon allies. Here's when that's most likely. [View all]

The future isnít promised, but it is a good bet that three felons and close allies of President Trump ó Roger Stone (found guilty of obstruction of a congressional investigation, witness tampering and lying to Congress), Paul Manafort (serving a prison sentence for tax evasion and bank fraud) and Michael Flynn (pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI) ó will be granted executive clemency. The only question is when.

It might be a tad bit premature for Manafort to start humming ďIíll Be Home for Christmas.Ē But he will be there next year.

To be sure, Trump could free his friends before voters cast their ballots in 2020. But thatís politically risky, as President Gerald Fordís 1976 defeat can attest. His approval rating dropped more than 30 points after he pardoned Richard M. Nixon.

Trumpís safest course of action would be to wait to do the dirty deed until after Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Trumpís impulsiveness, however, is a wild card.


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