Trump's Campaign Chairman Flipped On Him And People Are Flipping Out
15 September, 2018, 19:12 | Author: Rachel Logan
The scope of the cooperation was not immediately clear.
In this photo from July 21, 2016, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort stands between the then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump during a walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. "It is totally unrelated", said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
In an exchangereported by Mediaite, when MSNBC host and political correspondent Steve Kornacki asked Dershowitz Friday if Manafort's cooperation agreement is "something the White House [should] be alarmed about right now", Dershowitz answered emphatically. Manafort fessed up to urging his business associates on the Ukraine deal to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the nature of their work. Places like Virginia and NY, both of which have Democratic attorneys general, could prosecute Manafort on state tax violations, for instance. In DC, his seven criminal counts are rewritten as two. This would suggest that Trump truly means what he says: Manafort was a bit player who has nothing of significance to convey to Mueller.
The plea deal would allow Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington.
With legions of Ivy League-educated prosecutors, the investigative resources of the FBI, the Treasury Department and virtually the entire federal bureaucracy at the disposal of prosecutors, an ordinary citizen has little chance of winning a court victory. The president has signaled that he's sympathetic to Manafort's cause.
Added Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani: "Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign". The initial version, which was quickly revised, included "Paul Manafort will tell the truth" as part of the quote.
A legal source, supportive of the President and familiar with the Manafort case, said the Trump team does not believe Manafort has anything significant on the President to share with the special counsel.
Sixteen months on from that day, Mr Trump's own fears about what that investigation will do to his presidency continue to play out in a slow motion drama. He was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia. "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a courageous man!" He concealed the income through a network of foreign banks and shell companies.
The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
One of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's longtime objectives in his investigation has always been to flip Paul Manafort into a cooperating witness.
Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at George Washington University, said the agreement, which caps at 10 years a sentence which could have been much longer, was a "pretty good deal" that suggested the Mueller team valued Manafort's cooperation.
Earlier this year, Rick Gates, who served as deputy chairman for the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty to charges of plotting.
The deal gives special counsel Robert Mueller a key cooperator who led the Trump election effort for a crucial stretch during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
It is unclear what information Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant who ran the campaign as it took off in mid-2016, could offer prosecutors but his cooperation might bring Trump, his family and associates under closer scrutiny. The allegations revealed last October reiterated a year of news reports that Manafort had secretly funneled income from Ukrainian lobbying contacts for years. If they were to defend Manafort's integrity as someone now willing to tell the truth, what would happen if Manafort were to implicate Trump in a crime?
He had steadfastly refused to cooperate with Mueller even as the Virginia jury convicted him for hiding from US tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans.
When the Eastern Virginia jury found him guilty in August, that conviction carried with it a maximum 80-year prison sentence. Patten worked with Manafort's Russian associate Kilimnik through 2017 and admitted in court to illegally using a straw purchaser to buy Trump inaugural tickets for an oligarch.
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The charges in the information say that Manafort will have to forfeit property that was derived from or traceable to his offenses. The plea deal would allow Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington .
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