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Obama ethics chief: Trump is ‘not going to survive Manafort testimony’

The Hill logo The Hill 9/16/2018 Megan Keller

a man wearing a suit and tie: Former President Obama's ethics chief, Norm Eisen © Provided by The Hill Former President Obama's ethics chief, Norm Eisen Former President Obama's ethics chief, Norm Eisen, said Sunday that he thinks President Trump will not "survive" the testimony of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

"He's not going to survive Manafort's testimony," Eisen, a frequent critic of Trump, told ABC's "This Week."

"I think there's a substantial possibility that this evidence that Manafort is offering will implicate somebody up the chain," Eisen added. "Who is up the chain from Paul Manafort, who was the chair of the Trump campaign?"

Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal charges last Friday, agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.

The two charges included money laundering and illegally lobbying for a Kremlin-friendly group in Ukraine.

The president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has said that Trump has nothing to worry about from Manafort's cooperation.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "It is totally unrelated."

Eisen added on Sunday that pardoning Manafort would not help Trump.

"The pardon will only ... hurt Trump," Eisen told ABC. "It will only dig the hole deeper."

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