Top Dem says Trump is 'terrified' of what Manafort could reveal

17 September, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Rep. Adam Schiff D-Calif. said Manafort's plea deal sends a message to those in

Generally, those who plead guilty sit down with prosecutors to detail what they know in a "proffer" session, so the government knows what it will get in the bargain.

"And so it's all the more helpful that Paul Manafort has said, 'You - you have me and I'm going to give you the truth and nothing but the truth, '" Starr said.

In Manafort's trial in Virginia, prosecutors highlighted his lavish lifestyle, including presenting evidence that he wired millions of dollars from secret overseas bank accounts to buy and renovate homes in places such as the Hamptons and suburban Washington.

After Manafort was convicted in the August case, Trump said he had "such respect for a courageous man: because "he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal'".

Starr, who is promoting his new book "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation", said the deal could signify that Manafort has something useful to Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. He was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia and faces seven to 10 years in prison in that case. In his deal with the special counsel, he agreed to "broad" cooperation and to participate in "interviews, briefings, producing documents, testifying in other matters".


He continued, "In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones". "But this was a very bad day for the Trump administration".

Manafort was present at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign members and a Russian lawyer. Manafort attended the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner created to get "dirt" on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

George Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, was sentenced last week to 14 days in prison for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. "The reason: The president did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth". "He can talk about the run-up to the meeting, the afterwards". Eisen noted that Trump is likely the only target that Manafort could offer information to investigators, he noted. It's unclear how Friday's deal might affect any Manafort pursuit of a pardon. "And then I think it really becomes an issue of, is that an abuse of power on the part of the president in light of an ongoing investigation?"

Mr. Trump always contended that Mr. Mueller's probe is a "witch hunt" organized by Democrats to undermine his presidency.

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