Meghan McCain condemned Paul Manafort severely while reacting to news that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman had lied to federal prosecutors after he agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to The Hill.
McCain's anger was directed toward Manafort's alleged dealings with Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the idea that Trump could potentially pardon Manafort for his crimes.
Here's what McCain had to say: "To that angle, when you're talking about Putin, what we do know is that one of the things that got him in jail was he was an unregistered foreign agent and he was a conduit between Russian oligarchs within Putin's inner circle. So this is what we do know about him," McCain said. "As far as I'm concerned, people who do blood money dealings like this, he should rot in jail and then he should rot in hell, as far as I'm concerned with Paul Manafort."
One panelist tried to give McCain an out to soften her stance some, joking that she meant that "in a nice way," but McCain was adamant.
"No, I don't. I think when you take blood money from foreign adversaries when you're a United States citizen in the way that he did -- the idea that he can be pardoned...it would enter us to a new level of insanity," McCain said.
So much for softer rhetoric? After bombs were mailed to Democrats and members of the media last month, McCain said she had been doing some soul searching regarding the way she talked about people on television and how it might be contributing to the political polarization in the U.S.
Specifically, she said she regretted saying "I hate Hillary Clinton" and calling her "Crooked Hillary," because she and other media members needed to tone down their language and hold themselves "to the same standard I would like to hold the president."
What's going on with Manafort? After agreeing to cooperate with the Mueller investigation in September as a part of a guilty plea, prosecutors said in court documents that Manafort had lied about "a variety of subject matters," and they're now considering refiling charges that were dismissed as a part of his plea deal.
Manafort was already facing at least 10 years in prison for 10 felonies including financial fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.