Trump sought lawyers’ advice weeks ago about pardoning Manafort but they counseled against it

President Trump sought his lawyers’ advice several weeks ago on the possibility of pardoning Manafort, Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani said Thursday. The subject of the pardon came up while Manafort was on trial on multiple charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, and the president was expressing his anger at how federal prosecutors had “beat up” and mistreated the former Trump campaign manager, Giuliani said.