According to the actions of Paul Manafort on Friday, it seems as though Robert Mueller has found himself some fresh legs, so to speak.
For months, we have been dealing with a wild, unbound Special Counsel investigation that, at one time, was meant to delve into the possibility that the Kremlin had corrupted our electoral process in order to get Donald Trump elected. There has, so far, been no evidence presented that shows any collusion between these parties, however, so Mueller is simply pressuring former Trump associates with a myriad of process charges from earlier in their lives.
He will likely be receiving the assistance of former Trump lawyer Micheal Cohen, as per Cohen himself, but now it seems as thought the President’s once-loyal friend Paul Manafort may be falling on a sword as well.
Manafort’s plea deal with Mueller dramatically ramps up the legal and political danger already facing Trump, who is being eyed by the special counsel for possible obstruction of justice. The deal came three days before the scheduled start of jury selection in U.S. District Court in Washington for Manafort’s second trial.
Prosecutors said the deal, which will require Manafort to forfeit an estimated $46 million in assets, includes a 17-page cooperation agreement with Mueller.
Under that agreement, Manafort must participating in interviews with investigators, prove documents and testify, if needed.
The guilty plea by Manafort, 69, relates to money earned from consulting work on behalf of pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine and predate his tenure as chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign. However, during his time on the campaign, he participated in a controversial meeting with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with a Russian lawyer who supposedly had negative information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
We now await what is sure to be an incredibly torrid tweet storm from the President himself.