Here’s why this deal is pardon proof:
1. Mueller spent the hour and a half delay in arraignment doing … something. It’s possible Manafort even presented the key parts of testimony Mueller needs from him to the grand jury this morning.
2. The forfeiture in this plea is both criminal and civil, meaning DOJ will be able to get Manafort’s $46 million even with a pardon.
3. Some of the dismissed charges are financial ones that can be charged in various states.
https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/09/14/t ... don-proof/
I have no idea if this person is credible and some of the post is speculative, but at the very least the objection that the investigation has been too expensive, or a waste of money, is now off the table for good.