Paul Manafort Shows Up for Court in Prison Jumpsuit and Confined to a Wheelchair

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort showed up for court on Friday in Alexandria prison wear and confined to a wheelchair. On Thursday it was announced a judge ruled Manafort —  who was convicted of 8 counts of bank and tax fraud in August — would not be permitted to wear one of his signature, custom suits for the hearing. Manafort’s appearance in a wheelchair, however, came as a surprise. Kara Scannell, from a live shot outside the Virginia courtroom, reported the news for CNN. “It was a surprise that silenced the courtroom when Manafort entered in a wheelchair wearing a green jumpsuit,” she said. “[He] has some sort of inflammation in his right foot. It was bandaged in a sock, slightly elevated when he was in the wheelchair.” Scannell also noted his condition had something to do with his diet. The reporter added: “It’s one issue that his Continue reading "Paul Manafort Shows Up for Court in Prison Jumpsuit and Confined to a Wheelchair"

Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Wanted to Help Pay Manafort, Gates Legal Fees With Money from WH Legal Defense Fund

Former Trump lawyer John Dowd was trying to help pay the legal fees of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates earlier this year. The Wall Street Journal reports today that not only was Dowd––who left POTUS’ legal team in March––putting up his own money and trying to get people to donate, he was also attempting to “divert money from the White House legal defense fund”:
John Dowd, who at the time was heading Mr. Trump’s legal team, at the start of the year told associates of the president he wanted to direct money from the legal defense fund set up for White House officials and campaign aides to the lawyers for Messrs. Manafort and Gates, according to people familiar with the matter… On Feb. 22, Mr. Dowd told associates of the president in an email that Messrs. Manafort and Gates needed funds immediately, according to people familiar with the Continue reading "Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Wanted to Help Pay Manafort, Gates Legal Fees With Money from WH Legal Defense Fund"

Comey Hints Mueller Probe is Wrapping Up: He May Be ‘In the Fourth Quarter’

Former FBI Director James Comey thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe may be headed for the finish line. In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio (via the Daily Caller), Comey said that Paul Manafort flipping could signal that Mueller is wrapping up his work. “[There’s] an argument to be made that the conviction – the plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort – may represent that we’re in the fourth quarter,” Comey said. Mueller, Comey notes, is getting ever closer to President Donald Trump. And that, according to the former FBI Director, could be a sign the probe is drawing to a close. “The way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high,” he said. Comey did add, “I’m hesitant to even say that is Bob Mueller’s conducted his investigation like a pro – you know nothing about it Continue reading "Comey Hints Mueller Probe is Wrapping Up: He May Be ‘In the Fourth Quarter’"

Trump Downplays Manafort’s Campaign Role, Not Worried ‘As Long as He Tells The Truth’

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday that he isn’t worried about Paul Manafort’s cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former Trump campaign chair reached a plea deal with Mueller last week, who is investigating the 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia, and agreed to cooperate so as to avoid a second trial. Per the New York Times:
It is not clear what information Mr. Manafort offered prosecutors in three days of negotiations that led to the plea deal. But in court on Friday, Mr. Manafort agreed to an open-ended arrangement that requires him to answer “fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly” questions about “any and all matters” the government wants to ask about.
Trump expressed his faith in Manafort when asked about the plea deal by reporters on Wednesday. “If he is honest, and I think he is… as long as he tells the truth it’s Continue reading "Trump Downplays Manafort’s Campaign Role, Not Worried ‘As Long as He Tells The Truth’"

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

President Donald Trump has not directly commented on Paul Manafort‘s deal on Twitter yet, but his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been tweeting a lot about it this weekend. Yesterday Giuliani cited an anonymous source who told Politico, “The cooperation agreement does not involve the Trump campaign… There was no collusion with Russia.” This morning Giuliani accused all the morning shows of ignoring a “clear statement from Manafort team”:

Trump Goes After ‘Illegal Mueller Witch Hunt’ Again Following Manafort Deal: ‘Continues in Search of a Crime’

President Donald Trump went after Robert Mueller and the special counsel investigation this morning two days after the Paul Manafort deal was announced. Trump didn’t tweet about Manafort specifically, but instead attacked the Mueller probe again as “illegal” and grasping at straws: Yesterday Trump invoked the Mueller probe to claim that if it wasn’t for the “Rigged” investigation his poll numbers would be higher:

Ken Starr: ‘Given the Seriousness of the Charges,’ Manafort ‘Did the Right Thing’

Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton, said this morning that Paul Manafort did the right thing by making the deal with Robert Mueller. On ABC’s This Week, Jon Karl asked Starr if he was surprised to see Manafort “agree to this full cooperation.” “No, he was under tremendous pressure,” Starr said. “Given the seriousness of the charges… he did the right thing. He did the smart thing.” When Karl asked about what Manafort must have to get this deal, Starr said we don’t know for sure, but that it’s “very likely that Paul Manafort has indicated through his counsel and directly that he can provide very helpful information, useful information, to get to the bottom of what Bob Mueller and his team have been charged to do. So it is a very significant breakthrough.” You can watch the Continue reading "Ken Starr: ‘Given the Seriousness of the Charges,’ Manafort ‘Did the Right Thing’"