Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed on Friday to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.
The deal comes after a 76-page "Superseding Criminal Information" document was filed against Manafort, charging him with money laundering and obstruction (see below). Jury selection in Manafort's second trial in US District Court in Washington was scheduled to begin on Monday.
This could be bad for Trump, Podesta and several members of the Obama administration
Language in the plea deal has fueled speculation that Manafort's cooperation could potentially be devastating for President Trump - however many have also pointed out that others may be directly in the special counsel's crosshairs.
Those people include former Manafort associates Tony Podesta, Vin Weber and Greg Craig - all of whom failed to register as foreign agents in connection with work outside the United States, as well as members of the Obama administration.
Manafort superseding not good sign for Mercury, Weber & Podesta. "Various employees of Companies A and B understood that they were receiving direction from MANAFORT and President Yanukovych, not the Centre."— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) September 14, 2018
MORE BAD NEWS FOR PODESTA, MERCURY & SKADDEN: As part of MANAFORT’s plea deal, he agrees to testify before all grand juries in DC and "elsewhere.” The inquiries into @PodestaGroup, Mercury & @SkaddenArps are being run out of the Southern District of New York.— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) September 14, 2018
Also important - Manafort's group met with Obama and Biden in 2013.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 14, 2018
Their message: don't let "Russians Steal Ukraine from the West."
So much for Russian collusion. pic.twitter.com/UK4SZqqNN2
BIG News: The other name implicated via his company in Paul Manafort’s deal is Greg Craig who was President Barack Obama’s White House Counsel. Names referenced who should worry are Greg Craig, Tony Podesta + their firms. NPR says cooperation deal won’t be about Trump campaign. https://t.co/bdMMDdP3Ho— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 14, 2018
On the Manafort Plea deal - compare the charges vs. the plea.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 14, 2018
7 alleged statutory violations. He pled guilty to 2 counts.
Only 1 of those counts had to do with the indictment - the other involved his alleged conspiracy to obstruct justice through witness tampering. pic.twitter.com/yTkJB1b0Tn
See the filing below:
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