Trump news - LIVE: White House refuses to rule out Manafort pardon as Pelosi suggests impeachment 'too divisive'

Joe Sommerlad, Sarah Harvard

The White House has refused to rule out Donald Trump issuing a presidential pardon to his ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort after the latter was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud, crimes uncovered by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller during his Russia investigation.

With Manafort facing a further to 10 years behind bars when he is sentenced by a second court in Washington on Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her first briefing in six weeks to tell reporters: “The president has made his position on that clear – he’ll make a decision when he’s ready”.

Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi has meanwhile said she believes the impeachment process is too “divisive” and Mr Trump “just not worth it”, while veteran Vermont senator Bernie Sanders attacked the president’s new budget plan as “dead on arrival” and intended “for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street and for the billionaire class”.

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