USA: White House refutes ‘pardons’ in Russia investigation

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders strongly denied on Wednesday allegations that a lawyer representing Donald Trump considered offering pardons to two of the president’s former aides Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. “Ty Cobb [a lawyer acting on behalf of the Presidency] is the person that would be most directly involved in this. He has a statement on the record saying that there... Еще's no discussion and there's no consideration of those at this time in the White House,» Huckabee Sanders told journalists after repeated questioning. Trump’s lawyers were apparently concerned that the advisers would cut a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for leniency. The White House denies all allegations of collusion with Russia during the presidential election in 2016. Huckabee Sanders expressed ‘cautious optimism’ about North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The press secretary refused to comment on the decision of the Department of Justice not to investigate the shooting of Alton Sterling by a Louisiana police officer.

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