The big news of the day concerned Paul Manafort, whose legal team had apparently been secretly sharing with Trump Manafort’s discussions with the Mueller investigation. It’s an egregious breach of ethics and protocol, and could reinforce an obstruction of justice case against Trump. It’s also apparently the thing that destroyed Manafort’s cooperation agreement with the special counsel. Manafort may have been seeking a pardon from Trump.
The story was unearthed by a trio of reporters with the New York Times:
There are many other pieces in flux surrounding the Manafort situation. The apparent sealed indictment against Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. The rejection of a plea deal by conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. The submission by Trump of written answers to questions from the Mueller probe.
Some observers have speculated that the termination of Manafort’s plea deal was a blow to Mueller, but many are now saying that it likely happened because Mueller has a ton of evidence and doesn’t need Manafort’s testimony to make his case. Let’s hope this is true.
Trump is a grifter, and he surrounds himself with con men, mobsters and sleazeballs so it’s not shocking that Manafort turned out to be dishonest and deceitful. The Manafort scandal is a rolling, deepening national disgrace that demands our attention and activism.