Trump’s former 2016 Presidential Campaign Manager Paul Manafort reportedly sang like Lady Gaga at the Superbowl in his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and that can’t be good for Trump.
The Hill reports that Joseph Moreno, who was a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said on Monday that Manafort was faced with two plea options and yet chose the one that most significantly cooperates with Robert Mueller’s team.
He could have done a straight plea akin to what Michael Cohen did in New York a month ago, basically saying: ‘I’m going to take responsibility for what I did. I’m not going to fight the charges. I did it. I will throw myself at the mercy of the court and take my sentence,’ Moreno told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on Rising.
The other option is a cooperation agreement, which appears to be what Mr. Manafort is doing, which is saying: ‘OK, I will go above and beyond. Not only will I not fight these charges against me, I will cooperate in any way necessary,’ added Moreno, who is now a partner in the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Although we do not know the details of the plea deal or what Manafort knows. this certainly has to have Donald Trump ready to rage on Twitter. For his part, Trump perpetually downplayed Paul Manafort’s role in his campaign and the sordid role Manafort played.
I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “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 brave man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
Manafort, who was found guilty in a sperate trial on a whopping eight felonies related to bank and tax fraud, was a major player in Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. The deal that he made only further highlights the significance of Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller’s investigation. Manafort was smart in making a deal before the ax really fell down, but it remains to be seen what he knows and if it will harm the president.
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