As anyone who’s followed the Russia investigation knows, Paul Manafort is screwed – and “big league.” Long the subject of intense scrutiny, the former Trump campaign chairman is on the front lines of the battle to discover exactly what went on between the President’s associates and emissaries from Moscow in the lead up to the election.
On July 26, Manafort’s Virginia home was the subject of a predawn FBI raid which the The New York Times recounted in excruciating detail earlier this month. Subsequently, Robert Mueller issued subpoenas to a former lawyer for Manafort and to Manafort’s spokesman, a move described by CNN at the time as “an aggressive tactic that suggests an effort to add pressure on the former Trump campaign chairman.”
Additionally, Mueller is also reportedly working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the Manafort investigation. By all accounts, that’s an effort to circumvent Trump’s pardon power.
As if all of that wasn’t enough evidence to support the notion that Manafort is set to be the “key” that unlocks the door to eventually indicting Donald Trump, last week CNN reported that Manafort was wiretapped by U.S. investigators for years with an interlude “sometime” in 2016 – the “gap” apparently encompassed the June meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Just three days ago, we brought you the latest from former FBI counterintelligence agent and current associate dean at Yale Law School Asha Rangappa, who has spent a considerable amount of time over the last week detailing what the FISAs on Manafort likely mean.
Well on Tuesday, after insisting to House Intelligence Committee lawmakers that he has been falsely accused of collusion with Moscow, Roger Stone, infamous former campaign adviser to President Trump told reporters in Washington that Manafort “expects to be indicted.”
“His attorney told my attorneys he expects to be indicted,” Stone, a longtime ally of the President, told the press on Capitol Hill, adding that “he doesn’t know what the charges would be and neither does Paul.” Here’s a clip:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017
So Roger is wrong about a lot of things there. For one thing, anyone who has ever experienced the difference knows that English tailoring is not in fact better than Italian tailoring.
Beyond that, Roger is also incorrect to suggest that Manafort won’t roll over on Trump under pressure.
It is, however, most assuredly accurate to say that they are going to charge Manafort with something and then use that as leverage. Once that ball gets rolling, Trump better be prepared.