New York - Donald Trump would consider pardoning Paul Manafort if his ex-campaign manager is convicted over Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the US president told the New York Post on Wednesday.
Manafort had reached a plea agreement to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation, but on Monday the special counsel's office alleged Manafort had violated the deal by lying to federal investigators.
A pardon was "not off the table," Trump told the Post.
"It was never discussed, but I wouldn't take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?" the president added in the Oval Office interview.
Trump alleged that Mueller had asked Manafort and others to lie.