Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018. In that way, Manafort's deal isn't really just about Manafort, and it may not be only about what he knows. The FBI considered Steele a reliable source, but investigators can bolster any collusion case if Manafort can corroborate any of the claims. "He wanted to make sure his family remained safe and live a good life. He's accepted responsibility", he said.
When asked if the deal with Mueller's team is a full cooperation agreement, Downing replied "it is".
Even if Manafort has helped Trump and Republicans, in one sense, by vitiating a high-profile trial this fall, he may hurt them politically - or, ultimately, legally - by cooperating with the Justice Department.
Schiff also pointed out that Manafort could conceivably open up about the joint-defence agreement he previously had with Trump, in which the two shared confidential information in a privileged setting. "The deal says that Manafort will cooperate on anything the special counsel asks him about".
In exchange for the surrender, Manafort, 69 will be charged for only two of the eight felony counts he was indicted with at a Virginia court, and now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars. And if what he delivers is worthwhile, then prosecutors can urge the sentencing judge to reduce Manafort's sentence for his service to greater justice.
"It's called 'flipping, ' and it nearly ought to be illegal", he seethed after his go-to fixer Michael Cohen - the man who once boasted he would take a bullet for the celebrity billionaire - flipped earlier this summer.
"I think Robert Mueller's real quest here is for the truth, and Paul Manafort can get him closer to knowing the truth", former USA attorney Barbara McQuade said. We were getting damaged by Manafort starting in 2005.
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Scott Dworkin, a Democratic strategist and MSNBC contributor, believes that Manafort's cooperation will spell the end of Trump's time in office.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders says in a statement, "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign".
Inside the White House on Friday after the plea, the mood was "oddly calm", said one Republican in frequent touch with officials there. "It is totally unrelated". Others who have pleaded guilty are former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Manafort's deputy Rick Gates.
The charges against Manafort are related to his Ukrainian consulting work not Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which is the central issue in the special counsel's investigation.
When Paul Manafort was first charged by prosecutors past year, court documents read like the opening scene of lives of the rich and famous: From multiple properties complete with gardens manicured in the form of an "M" for the GOP operative's name to high-priced shopping sprees to custom-made suits. "And everybody should remember that".
Starr acknowledged that Trump has the right to pardon Manafort, which the President has reportedly discussed with his legal team, but said such a move would be "unwise".
Secondly, Manafort, unlike several of the other flippers to date, has long, close, links with Russian oligarchs and has lobbied on behalf of Kremlin interests for decades.
The politics of such a move might also trigger a political backlash against the president and Republicans at a time when they do not want voters to be thinking about the Russian Federation investigation. "I don't think - given the nature of the fight that Manafort put up, the seriousness of the crimes, and the power of the evidence of those crimes, Jon - that this deal would have been offered absent some very powerful evidence". Manafort pleaded guilty to those charges.