Rudy Giuliani Swipes at Mueller and the ‘Biased’ Media Over Manafort Deal

Rudy Giuliani Swipes at Mueller and the ‘Biased’ Media Over Manafort Deal

"But this was a very bad day for the Trump administration", Dershowitz continued.

Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes Tuesday in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates.

In the most recent case, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges stemming from his lobbying efforts for one-time Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych that predated his five-month tenure working for Trump's campaign in mid-2016 in exchange for him answering "fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly" questions about "any and all matters" Mueller's team is investigating.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has downplayed the guilty plea as "irrelevant" because there's no evidence Trump colluded with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election and the plea deal has to do with Manafort's life prior to the Trump campaign.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in Manafort's second trial in federal court in Washington on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

The price of avoiding the second trial was that Manafort has agreed to help prosecutors with "any and all matters" going forward, and there is no way to know whether that may involve Trump and Russian Federation or things like the payments Cohen made to women to quiet their allegations about Trump ahead of Election Day - or something else.

When Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Robert S. Mueller III on Friday, plenty of people were surprised.

Earlier this summer, Trump had sought his lawyer's advice on pardoning his former aides, including Manafort.

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The charges to which Manafort pleaded guilty had nothing to do with the president.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the US President wrote a strongly-worded statement, claiming that there was no collusion with Russian Federation and that the probe is "not allowed under the law". Manafort's plea makes reference to a written proffer agreement on Tuesday - showing he has been in talks with the special counsel's office at least for several days.

"I would say there is no prosecutor alive who's more rigorous than Bob", Eisen said, referring to Mueller.

All those closest to Trump during the campaign, save for his sons, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, are now co-operating with Mueller.

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". So even if Trump were to pardon Manafort now hoping he would clam up, if he no longer faced federal prison, it wouldn't work.

Fuelling speculation over Russia's role in the last presidential election is a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY. No details of this proffer have yet leaked out, including whether it touches in any way on the charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The President himself continues to discredit the entire investigation as a "witch hunt" or a plot by the so-called "deep state" - the political-security establishment - in cahoots with the Democratic Party to tarnish his election win and ultimately impeach him.

And Manafort could conceivably fill Mueller in on that, if it happened. What does a person who has the biggest bully pulpit of the White House do?

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