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


Gates, Manafort's longtime business associate and a former Trump campaign adviser, pleaded guilty in February to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, saying then he would help Mueller's investigation in "any and all matters". The deal is for a case in Washington, D.C. He previously was convicted in a separate case by a federal jury in Alexandria, Va. Starr on Sunday urged the president not to pardon Manafort, saying such a move would be "unwise", and compared Trump's criticisms of the special counsel to the treatment he received from President Bill Clinton's administration during the Whitewater investigation.

But those charges, as well as the two counts covered in Friday's plea deal, were unrelated to the campaign. As part of his agreement with prosecutors, he said he would tell the special counsel's office all that he knows. The Justice Department seldom punished lobbyists who failed to register. But he has also signaled that he's sympathetic to Manafort's case. Nowhere does the document exclude the Trump campaign or the president from that cooperation. Stone has said - though he denies wrongdoing.

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty". And Manafort doesn't know about the inside workings of Trump's property, casinos, and celebrity empire, including taxes paid or not paid, tenants intimidated and contractors bilked. His relationships with powerful Eastern European figures could be significant. All of which means Donald Jr. may very well be the next to decide whether betrayal trumps loyalty when what's at stake is life behind bars. Manafort will forfeit approximately $21.7 million in property and other assets as part of his plea deal with the government.

Or maybe the world has changed now that Manafort has gone from a private citizen to a cooperating federal witness.

On Manafort agreeing to the deal, Starr said, "Given the seriousness of the charges that were awaiting him, he did the right thing". But Giuliani said he counseled Trump that he shouldn't consider such a pardon until after Mueller's investigation was completed, and the president understood.

The answer, based on Friday's news, appears to be "no", although it's possible the window before this year's midterm elections now actually will be quieter than it might have.

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"The expectations around Manafort's cooperation are likely at a level beyond anyone else to date who has agreed to cooperate", said Jacob Frenkel, a Washington lawyer not involved in the case. That could affect his chances for a presidential pardon.

On the likelihood of Mr Trump being impeached, Mr Starr, said: "Unless there is a growing national consensus that impeachment is proper, it's doomed to fail and it's just the wrong way to go".

One involves the other track of the Russian Federation imbroglio, involving alleged.

But he agreed to forfeit several properties, including an apartment at Trump Tower in NY, and bank accounts as part of a deal in which he will cooperate with the Special Counsel.

I spoke to Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who said we can not be sure of the outlines of the deal they made. "Manafort has a deal". "Trump praised Manafort last month when he said that, unlike Cohen, Manafort had ". "Very unfair and BAD for the country". It was one of the trademarks of a man who made millions by representing a motley crew of African big men and eastern European autocrats throughout his lobbying career. "No Collusion." putting distance between himself and Manfort.