Manafort Juror: Trump Pardon Would Be ‘Grave Mistake’

Manafort Juror: Trump Pardon Would Be 'Grave Mistake'

It would be a “grave mistake” for President Donald Trump to pardon his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, after his conviction for bank and tax fraud, a trial juror, who describes herself as a supporter of the president’s, said Friday.


“Justice,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, when he asked juror Paula Duncan why she felt that way. “Justice was done — the evidence was there, and that’s where it should stop.”


The juror also suggested that Manafort is part of Washington’s swamp, and told Cooper she has a new idea for a Trump hat, as she gets criticized for supporting the president.


“When peaceful Americans’ views are silenced from fear, then America is certainly not a great country,” she said. “So maybe what we need are caps that say ‘Make America Kind Again.'”


Cooper asked her if she thought Trump would wear that hat, and she replied that she’d challenge the president to take up the slogan.


“I challenge President Trump to wear a hat that says ‘Make America Kind Again’ because I think once we’re kind, then we will be great,” she replied. “Tolerance is important.”


Earlier this week, Duncan said that even though she voted to convict Manafort, she doubts Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.


“I wanted Paul Manafort to be innocent, but he wasn’t,” Duncan said. “In the end I did what needed to be done … I did the right thing.”



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