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Manafort strikes a deal, agrees to co-operate with Müller
The White house should be Manafort decision concerned? Bre Payton of the Federalist weighs.
The former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort, the agreement with Special Counsel Robert Müller team is a sign that he will Advise some “very helpful information” for the ongoing Russia-probe, one-time Independent Prosecutor, Ken Starr, said Sunday.
And Norman iron, which is said served as a White house Special Counsel for ethics and government Reform in the Obama administration flat advance that the President Trump would not “survive” Manafort testimony.
Manafort pleaded guilty in his Washington, DC, study, the on Friday and agreed to cooperate fully with Federal officials the possibility of illegal cooperation between the President of Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, although none of Manafort fees directly in connection with the alleged arrangement.
Came of iron, Starr told ABC’s “This Week” that the message was a “very significant breakthrough.”
“I think this is really good for the country,” Starr, who led the Federal probe into former President Bill Clinton told host Jon Karl, suggesting that the deal could help bring an end to the long-running Russia-probe. “Let’s get to the truth of the matter.”
As part of the deal, Manafort, several bank accounts and several properties in New York has lost. But he holds on to his properties in Florida and Virginia, where his family lives.
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“Given the seriousness of the charges, the right said were waiting for him, he did,” Starr. “He is the wise.”
I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” has a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied enormous pressure on him, and in contrast to Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” stories to a “deal.” Respect for a brave man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
In August, in a separate process in Virginia, a Federal jury Manafort found guilty on eight counts of Federal tax and banking crimes. He is still awaiting sentencing in this case.
President Trump had praised Manafort for the non-acceptance of a plea agreement, in this case, writing on Twitter in August that his former aide was a “brave man” who had “refused to break.'”
Iron, the Obama ethics lawyer, said it is a possibility, Manafort state lawyers Trump — what has been said by many observers, including the presiding judge in Manafort Virginia study, the goal was the pursuit of Manafort for tax and bank fraud in the first place.
“In our profession, those who defend and prosecute criminal cases, you only get a deal if you go up the chain,” iron said. “Who is the chain of Paul Manafort, who is the Chairman of the trump campaign? Don, Jr., [political consultant] Roger stone, the campaign itself, and perhaps, ultimately, the President. … I think there is a significant possibility that this is evidence that Manafort is the offer of someone implies the chain.”
Iron called this week a “historic turning point” and a “new Chapter” in the Russia-probe.
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Last month, President Trump’s former attorney and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, also pleaded guilty to Federal charges, admitting to the violation of campaign-Finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “in the direction” of then-candidate trump.
But lawyers were divided on the importance of the plea, because campaign-Finance laws are notoriously opaque, and Cohen’s plea does not necessarily mean that the state could have lawyers successful a campaign has to Finance proceedings against Cohen or trump. Cohen was also accused of violating numerous other banks and fraud, the laws, and would have pleaded guilty to campaign Finance charge, to facilitate his possible sentence, experts say.
And a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission has said that the campaign-Finance-laws are often an unfair, lose-lose offer for the candidate, which is why they are often followed, such as civil matters, rather than criminal.
“He’s not going to survive, Manafort testimony. That’s my forecast.”
– Former Obama Ethics Lawyer Norman Iron
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To pay “assumed, Trump had used campaign funds from these women,” former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith wrote in The Washington Post. “Who redirected a lot of doubt as to the claim that many of the same people, the expenditure is now, after the trump card for the corporate funds, and not reporting it as a campaign, would that Trump had made illegal campaign funds for personal use?'”
But on Sunday, iron suggested that Manafort can help you to be able to Mueller show something more than nefarious technical violations of the obscure campaign-Finance laws.
“For the first time, we have someone who was at the infamous Trump Tower,” iron siad. “We have his notes, he can explain his notes, he can talk about the run-up to the event, which afterwards”.
Donald Trump Jr, his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Manafort were known, visited in June 2016, meet with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in the Trump Tower — but the Trump team, the version of events that has shifted repeatedly.
A first July 2017-statement, dictated by President Trump and published by Trump Jr immediately after the meeting came to light that read, in part: “We have discussed, a program on the adoption of Russian children that was active, and popular among American families years ago.” The statement, no mention of Trump officials seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
At first, Trump officials denied that the President had dictated the statement. But Trump’s lawyers have since confirmed in a letter to Mueller that “the President dictated a short, but precise answer” to the first reports of the meeting.
Trump has repeated his earlier claims that he does not know in advance about the meeting — save Trump Jr, who said that the Senate judiciary Committee the same thing in September 2017, and would from possible criminal liability, if he’s lying.
“He’s not going to survive, Manafort, the statement,” iron said, referring to trump.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.