Robert Mueller’s Brilliant Move Against Trump’s Pardon Power

September 8, 2017 – Media Mention
The Nation

Liz Holtzman appeared on The Nation’s Start Making Sense podcast, discussing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's cooperation with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions. Holtzman suggested that through the collaboration, Mueller sent a strong signal to subjects of the Russian investigation that the president can’t exonerate them with a pardon, because presidential pardons only cover federal offenses. She says prosecuting Manafort under state laws that don’t relate to any federal offenses could serve as a basis for putting pressure on Trump campaign officials to cooperate with federal law enforcement authorities.