Paul Manafort Agrees to Cooperate With Special Counsel; Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges

The plea deal by President Trump’s former campaign chairman was a victory for Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Comments: 255

  1. That was fast. It's as if he wants to be convicted, sentenced, pardoned, and leave town fast, before Trump gets thrown out of office.

  2. @KJ You nailed it. So we should expect Trump to pardon Manafort tomorrow and hand him a one way plane ticket to Moscow where Manafort will sit at the right hand of Mastermind Putin.

  3. @KJ Jury selection would have started soon for his second trial: better that he plea bargain and cooperate. It saves him and others time and money. At 69 with all the charges he's already facing, he doesn't have much time or money.

  4. If his goal was to be pardoned, he would likely not cooperate with Mueller. There's something deeper happening here, in my opinion.

  5. I guess it isn't a witch hunt after all, Mr. Trump. Have we ever seen so many members of a campaign/administration convicted of serious felonies this quickly? There are surely more, and more consequential axes to fall as we are still only one year into the investigation. And the fact that Mueller is accepting so many plea deals can only mean he has far larger fishes to fry. Hmmm. One would think that can only be members of one American family at this point.

  6. @Gary Waldman And as a bonus, each felon loses his voting rights. Why convert them when you can throw them in jail?

  7. @Gary Waldman It most assuredly IS a witch hunt. The coven is headquartered at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. There are NUMEROUS witches located there and operating out of that building, and Robert Mueller is finding them and proving how corrupt they are.

  8. @Gary Waldman Jared Kushner must be having a difficult time right now, given the entire country pulling for his indictment and prosecution.

  9. Robert Mueller and his team have shown a level of professionalism never seen in the Trump Administration. Trump will rage, abuse, and neglect his responsibilities. America can't be run as a resented afterthought. May this be the beginning of the end of the farce Trump's presidency has been.

  10. @Suzanne Moniz No person in the Trump Administration (except possibly Jim Mattis) has any idea what the word "professionalism" means.

  11. @Suzanne Moniz Yes but Trump can fire Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller and Wray. Then Trump can pardon his family and friends. While Trump still has the avid support of Netanyahu and Putin along with Ryan and McConnell. MAGA!

  12. @Suzanne Moniz Adding more; never seen in any recent GOP administration.

  13. And what other reason but an agreement to cooperate would the special prosecutor have to accept Manafort's plea. He has been convicted on eight charges, faces retrial on ten more and an even more difficult second case. Whether and whenever it is announced there can't be any doubt, not a scintilla of doubt as the lawyers like to say, that Manafort's agreed to cooperate. It is all he had or has to trade for leniency in the prosecution's sentencing recommendations or from an agreement to limit his prison time. As it does every day. on days with and without hurricanes and gas explosions, the plot that is the plot in the Trump presidency thickens. That the Constitution sets forth impeachment as a penalty for a wayward president does not bar indictment. Impeachment is not defined as an in lieu of indictment measure in or by by the Constitution, which is silent as to any mention whatsoever of a president's susceptibility to indictment and prosecution on the same basis as every other citizen. Manafort may have such compelling information about Trump as to all but demand it be taken to a federal grand jury rather than subsumed in a report. How do I know what the Constitution says and means not being a lawyer? Read it many times. It doesn't say impeachment in lieu of indictment for presidents. It says they can be impeached, describes the method but that's all it say about a president's susceptibility to guilt and punishment. Presidents can be impeached like the rest of us.

  14. @Carl Zeitz I wish you were right. Ford pardoned Nixon. Pence, or even a democrat if it goes on as long as that will pardon Trump. "For the good of the country". "Let us move on". The banksters didn't go to jail. The .1% very rarely suffer for their crimes.

  15. @Carl Zeitz-Indeed. Manafort's ties and evidence may hold far-reaching implications well beyond Trump but surely enough to snare him. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, just declared the Hague Court--famous for bringing Nazi war criminals to justice--“ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous,” and threatened sanctions against the court’s prosecutors and judges who pursued cases against Americans, according to the NY Times. I'm worried that this is a pre-emptive move intended to limit the chance that Trump and his criminal enablers will be exposed to this international court's justice. Also worth noting, Bolton hired Cambridge Analytica, which not only widely (mis)used social media for Trump's benefit but also boasted of its ability to manipulate elections to Russian clients.

  16. What good news! I've often wondered if the prosecutors could turn any of these charges over to state courts for prosecution, and if that may have helped convince Manafort to cooperate. What a den of thieves the President associates with. Let the tweeting begin.

  17. @avrds The State of New York is AFTER Trump and his crime syndicate; a jurisdiction beyond the reach of Federal control and/or the Republican congress!! Now, let's vote these vultures out of office!! 52 days!!!

  18. @avrds trump is one of them. Consider his history in Atlantic City and trump university. In fact, his associates probably learned from him.

  19. @avrds Don't think he's tweeted yet, might not have taken his phone with him when he ran for the toilet upon hearing the news. If Trump had any courage at all he would resign tomorrow morning. And therefore save the entire country a lot of time and wasted energy.

  20. Manafort’s ginger was in the dike for quite some time. Now he too has left trump’s ever shrinking circle of friends. He’ll get no more compliments for not caving. Things must be bad if you have to give up four of your homes.

  21. As penalties, the government confiscated his property and bank accounts. They didn't confiscate his kids as being done with border crossings.

  22. @FL Sunshine-Good points. I hope Mr. Manafort's wife who has lavishly benefited from her husband's amoral behavior and ill-gotten and illegal gains--wakes up and works to redeem some shred of decency. She could be a charter member of www.chumplady.com

  23. Faced with the prospect of not being able to don his ostrich blazer to the Trump Crime Family Borsht Festival, Manafort has opted to fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller. This is a delicious turn of events. Can't wait to learn what Manafort shares with the Special Counsel's office. Let's hope more charges are levied, and more cooperation arrangements are made.

  24. Pardoning Manafort before the next presidential election would tank Trump's chances of winning. Manafort knows he's looking at at least 2 years behind bars best case scenario. He doesn't want to risk dying in prison if democrats take back the house, start impeachment proceedings, and Trump views pardoning him a too risky play while under investigation. Manafort will coorperate with Mueller in return for a guarantee he gets to keep some of his assets and gets out of jail with a few his marbles left,

  25. the first domino falls...

  26. This could be the straw that breaks Trump's presidency.

  27. @NYCLAW "This could be the straw that breaks Trump's presidency." I wish I had a nickel for every time I said that since Nov., '16. Trump has earned impeachment dozens of times.

  28. I wonder what twitter fingers will make of this after previously praising Manafort for not cooperating? Hmmm.

  29. If I were Manafort, I'd worry about getting visited by two Russian tourists if I revealed anything.

  30. I will be extremely disappointed if there is no cooperation.

  31. A minor irritant in the reporting about Manafort, the Russians and the meeting in Trump Tower is the claim that the Russians were offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. What dirt? Nothing of substance has ever been produced indicating any serious wrong doing by Clinton. Instead we've had two decades of unsubstantiated innuendo and not so subtle smears by the Republicans aimed at inflicting damage on Clinton. It's been disgraceful behavior on the part of an amoral Republican party that now happily embraces Trump and his minions and all their incompetence, dishonesty and corruption. If the media just tells the plain, ugly truth and if voters are paying attention, the GOP will pay dearly for years to come.

  32. @Purple Patriot Something that needed to be said!

  33. Or he may have to issue pardons to Junior and Jared.

  34. The Russian weren’t offering dirt they were offering their services to disrupt the Clinton campaign - Those that say they could never vote for her don’t even know her platform Hillary has been vilified ever since she tried to bring us universal healthcare That is her crime -competence, preparedness and a willingness to do big things

  35. And Trump praised him for not flipping. Let’s see what he says now?

  36. @Dan He will shamelessly, and with gusto, says he never even heard of Manafort. But the real tragedy is, the so-called base will believe him. Even if FIX News run videos showing them together or Trump praising him as campaign mgr. I wonder if his "base" willfully suspend their conscious and belief just because they hate all of us.

  37. @Dan He must have offered some substantial information to get the deal. If he doesn't deliver the charges are reinstated.

  38. Trump is loyal to no one and in the end, no one will be loyal to Trump.

  39. Trump in his warped thought process will turn this around and say see no collusion no charges against Manafort its a Democratic thing out to get me. I hope Mr Manafort has enough jail time . With all those off shore accounts not paying taxes this ending will promote more of this out of control behavior among the like minded people . Lock him up.

  40. Ah, America. One justice system for the rich and one for the poor. One healthcare system for the rich and one for the poor. What a country you are.

  41. Actually, this investigation might prove, in the end, that there is one justice system for everyone, including the President.

  42. @Srini ...one education system for the rich and one for the poor, etc." Your point well-made.

  43. Same with education. Good observation.

  44. Aren't there not State charges being brought against Manafort for which he cannot be pardoned?

  45. @JM You are way behind the news. This factor was dealt with months ago.

  46. Based on the known reported facts, it is the first time I'm really disappointed, with Mueller and his investigators. Without a cooperation agreement, if in fact there isn't one, since when does the publics interest and right to know in a case of such far reaching potential consequences, outweigh, saving a convicted criminal a trial and his attorney's fees? I would have much rather seen the trial and the evidence, running right up to election day, with the conviction, on ALL charges, and the subsequent additional years of incarceration, on the record, even when the Dumpster Fire we call President pardons him anyway. Where is the justice, for the Americans, who Manafort stole from by not paying his taxes and the other crimes he has admitted to? Without a requirement to fully cooperate in the Russian investigation, this is a disservice to the country, that is beyond my comprehension.

  47. @J Kelly Not sure what you're talking about...both the title of the piece and the second paragraph clearly state that there IS a cooperation agreement.

  48. There is a cooperation agreement! Be patient.

  49. @J Kelly "Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, agreed on Friday to COOPERATE (caps added) with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to reduced charges."

  50. "If anyone is looking for a good campaign chairman, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Paul Manafort!"

  51. Given the inevitability of state charges being filed if Manafort does receive Trump's pardon, and the likely hood of a much longer sentence from those charges than he would get from cooperating, why wouldn't he cooperate? It would seem inevitable that Mueller would want to know everything Manafort knows about conspiracy with the Russians regardless of how much could used against Trump's campaign. So he would want to offer Manafort something better than risking facing state charges.

  52. @Roger Hawkins You have to be careful about the "state charges" thing. This and other papers have pointed out that many states, including NY, have laws that preclude bringing state charges on crimes that have already been charged federally.

  53. @ImagineMoments I believe the states can bring charges on crimes carried out in their states that are not in the federal case, or that have an element that is not federal but still related.

  54. @Norma Norma What you say (pardon of federal crimes does not pardon state crimes) is true as a general rule. But what Norma wrote above is true as well, as an exception to the general rule. Many states have passed laws that prohibit prosecuting people for acts that constitute state crimes if that person has been pardoned for a federal crime involving those same acts.

  55. I am not a professional. I just suspect that if Manafort does not cooperate before the election, if Republicans wIn, he sure won’t cooperate after the election.

  56. @Covert The law is the law no matter who is elected, so it doesn't matter if repubs win their elections. Separation of powers is part of the constitution.

  57. @Covert No, this is it. Very likely, before the deal was inked today, Mueller already checked the extent of Manafort “knowledge” so to be sure he is not buying a dud. The beans are spilled well before midterms and the Mueller report may be expected early next year.

  58. Score another victory for Bob Mueller. Ask not for whom the bell tolls Mr, President. It tolls for thee.

  59. @Gary Menten What part of the Constitution gives the Special Counsel any bell tolling authority and power over Trump's reign ? Bob Mueller is not the Speaker of the House nor is he Senate majority leader. Mueller is not the President of Russia nor the Prime Minister of Israel.

  60. @Blackmamba "reign"? Since when do we have those in the United States? The rule of law, and the principle that we are not ruled over by kings who are above the law, that is where Mueller's power lies.

  61. I guess he is not a great guy anymore as he just flipped. Looking forward to this evening’s tweets.

  62. @DAT Tweet away. If he takes any action toward any action against Mueller, we march. I think he should declare victory and pull out, as we did in Viet Nam. Time for a nice quick resignation, retirement and spending more time with his family.

  63. What good news!

    I've often wondered if the prosecutors could turn any of these charges over to state courts for prosecution, and if that may have helped convince Manafort to cooperate.

    What a den of thieves the President associates with. Let the tweeting begin.

  64. @avrds trump is one of them. Consider his history in Atlantic City and trump university. In fact, his associates probably learned from him.

  65. @avrds

    Don't think he's tweeted yet, might not have taken his phone with him when he ran for the toilet upon hearing the news.

    If Trump had any courage at all he would resign tomorrow morning. And therefore save the entire country a lot of time and wasted energy.

  66. @avrds IMHO this whole administration should be the subject of a new "Mueller investigation"...

  67. Score another victory for Bob Mueller. Ask not for whom the bell tolls Mr, President. It tolls for thee.

  68. @Gary Menten

    What part of the Constitution gives the Special Counsel any bell tolling authority and power over Trump's reign ?

    Bob Mueller is not the Speaker of the House nor is he Senate majority leader. Mueller is not the President of Russia nor the Prime Minister of Israel.

  69. He’s so BRAVE! A big Hero. He won’t break. I’m so proud of him. So LOYAL. What? He broke. You’re kidding right?

  70. Ah, America. One justice system for the rich and one for the poor. One healthcare system for the rich and one for the poor. What a country you are.

  71. Same with education. Good observation.

  72. @Srini ...one education system for the rich and one for the poor, etc."

    Your point well-made.

  73. @Srini....with liberty and justice for all who can afford it.....good point about the healthcare system,too

  74. "As part of the deal, the government will seize four of Mr. Manafort’s homes as well as the money in a number of bank accounts, the documents say."

    That alone makes me happy. No one needs four homes for ANY purpose, ever. How about allowing a laid-off homeless working family a free year in each of them, followed by a heavily discounted purchase or rental?

  75. @SR With the size of his houses, they could easily turn them into flats and help quite a few destitute families.

  76. @SR,

    Re: Manafort losing "only" four of his houses: Do you remember during the 2008 presidential campaign when McCain was asked how many residences he had? He didn't know and said something like eleven. The truth turned out to be more like 17. McCain was a very rich man.

  77. Pardoning Manafort before the next presidential election would tank Trump's chances of winning. Manafort knows he's looking at at least 2 years behind bars best case scenario. He doesn't want to risk dying in prison if democrats take back the house, start impeachment proceedings, and Trump views pardoning him a too risky play while under investigation.

    Manafort will coorperate with Mueller in return for a guarantee he gets to keep some of his assets and gets out of jail with a few his marbles left,

  78. And Trump praised him for not flipping. Let’s see what he says now?

  79. @Dan
    He will shamelessly, and with gusto, says he never even heard of Manafort.
    But the real tragedy is, the so-called base will believe him. Even if FIX News run videos showing them together or Trump praising him as campaign mgr.
    I wonder if his "base" willfully suspend their conscious and belief just because they hate all of us.

  80. @Dan He must have offered some substantial information to get the deal. If he doesn't deliver the charges are reinstated.

  81. Given the inevitability of state charges being filed if Manafort does receive Trump's pardon, and the likely hood of a much longer sentence from those charges than he would get from cooperating, why wouldn't he cooperate?

    It would seem inevitable that Mueller would want to know everything Manafort knows about conspiracy with the Russians regardless of how much could used against Trump's campaign. So he would want to offer Manafort something better than risking facing state charges.

  82. @Roger Hawkins
    You have to be careful about the "state charges" thing. This and other papers have pointed out that many states, including NY, have laws that preclude bringing state charges on crimes that have already been charged federally.

  83. Faced with the prospect of not being able to don his ostrich blazer to the Trump Crime Family Borsht Festival, Manafort has opted to fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller. This is a delicious turn of events. Can't wait to learn what Manafort shares with the Special Counsel's office. Let's hope more charges are levied, and more cooperation arrangements are made.

  84. I wonder what twitter fingers will make of this after previously praising Manafort for not cooperating? Hmmm.

  85. If I were Manafort, I'd worry about getting visited by two Russian tourists if I revealed anything.

  86. As penalties, the government confiscated his property and bank accounts. They didn't confiscate his kids as being done with border crossings.

  87. @FL Sunshine-Good points. I hope Mr. Manafort's wife who has lavishly benefited from her husband's amoral behavior and ill-gotten and illegal gains--wakes up and works to redeem some shred of decency. She could be a charter member of www.chumplady.com

  88. It takes a man(ifort) to bring down a fool. It shouldn’t be this hard to face facts about this calamity. It is only a matter of time and while we need to move with precision and purpose, we need to move now.

  89. "If anyone is looking for a good campaign chairman, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Paul Manafort!"

  90. The presidents sinking ship is losing more ‘rats’

  91. One down, 3 to go. Jared, Jr. Trump, and Trump itself. After Helsenki comes November then January and as Mr. Dowd said;
    an orange jumpsuit.

  92. @marvinfeldman
    What about Trump's daughter Ivanka. Does she get a pass in all of this because she's a woman?

  93. @marvinfeldman You're missing Ivanka, Jared, and, we can only hope, Ryan and McConnell.

  94. @marvinfeldman

    Don’t leave out Pence and Ivanka. They deserve to “go down” with the rest.

  95. What a time to be alive. I give it half an hour before Trump starts tweeting about how he "barely even knew Manafort and that he "was basically a coffee boy for the campaign."

  96. [email protected] K.

    I wonder if Trump understands that someone who is pardoned gives up his fifth amendment rights and can be compelled to testify in front of a grand jury.

  97. @Chris K. Dude, pay attention - he's been saying that for a year:

    "I know Mr. Manafort – I haven’t spoken to him in a long time, but I know him. He was with the campaign, as you know, for a very short period of time, relatively short period of time."

    - Donald J. Trump, August 11, 2017

  98. You're right. I saw a video to that effect already from the King of Loyalty demands.

  99. The best news Trump has going for him is that Ambassador Haley only blew $50k on curtains.

  100. To be fair to Haley they were ordered by the previous administration....

  101. @Billseng

    And the Dept. of State is paying $58,000/MONTH..a MONTH!! rent for the good Ambassador. What is wrong with this picture?? And this isn't just a Republican thing, DOS does this under D and R administrations.

  102. @Billseng
    But the rent is $58,000 per month. She needs such a large apartment because she has to entertain visiting dignitaries. On our dime of course. God forbid they rent hotel space or something which would be lots cheaper. (Unless they rent it from the Trumps!)

  103. Mr. Manafort really had no other option. No big surprise here. What remains to be seen is how this will impact Trump & Friends.

  104. @Lillies, looking forward to a future headline, "Ladies and gentlemen, we got 'em."

  105. @Lillies

    Friends? You mean business associates. I will take the liberty of answering that for you. It likely will have impact on 'friends' and associates.

    Trump? Nada. They haven't touched him in 40 years. No reason to suspect history will change.

  106. @Lillies
    Exactly. We saw this coming with the revelation that the Virginia case had a single hold-out to a conviction on all counts AND that the DC case had stronger evidence and a with it a higher probability of conviction.

    When they couldn't change the venue, it was just a matter of hammering out of terms of the plea deal I fugured.

    So no surprise here but that doesn't mean it's not a terrific turn of events.
    Next!

  107. Last month, Trump described the guy who worked with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, took secret tens of millions from Ukrainian citizens to sell them out to Russia, laundered it through off-shore banks and committed tax and bank fraud in the US, as a "good guy" who was "treated very unfairly".

    In Trump World, the bad guys are the FBI, state and federal prosecutors and of course, our allies.

    Special Prosecutor Mueller appears to working very hard to keep his hand hidden in the investigation, perhaps so that the top Trump family business officials and other associates don't know what he knows about their likely illicit international dealings.

    Expect a weekend of wild rating from Trump and Giuliani and threats against the Special Prosecutor by the GOP.

  108. Hear, hear.

  109. The wall shielding Trump from the flood of money laundering and obstruction charges is breaking down. Manafort would have cooperated unless he had something of high value to offer.

    What I hope this investigation unveils is a global web of money laundering and tax evasion that has been financing the Trump organization for years, all of it bankrolled by Russian money. People go to jail for doing stuff like that. Trump can only play the Hillary mail server card for so long before even the Freedom Caucus figures out he is in big trouble.

  110. "O villainy! Let the doors be locked.
    Treachery! Seek it out."

    -- Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2 -- Shakespeare

    Thank you, Mr. Mueller. I'm glad I live in the same country as you.

  111. "The mills of heaven grind late but grind exceedingly fine."

  112. @Oisin "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility:
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger;
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;"

    American conservatives and moderates are simple tired of the progressive liberal smoke and mirrors show of the last eight years and Trump is the result.

  113. Let’s hope we aren’t playing Hamlet to this King Claudius. The good prince’s death was already a certainty at this point.

  114. Best news we've had all year. Trump must be in a major rage.

  115. We may have found our John Dean.

  116. Sing, Unburdened, Sing! (with a nod to Jesmyn Ward).

  117. I hope Mr. Manafort has a smart phone in prison so he can read all these great comments being posted about him today!

  118. Draining Trump's Swamp- one conviction at a time.

  119. How can you start a paragraph with :

    It is not clear what information Mr. Manafort might have that would be valuable to Mr. Mueller’s investigation.

    And then follow the first sentence with this:

    Mr. Manafort served in several roles in the Trump campaign, and was present for the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between a number of campaign officials and a Russian lawyer who was thought to be offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    I think it's quite clear what information he might have! Why lead the paragraph with that?

  120. I hope Mueller doesn’t charge too much for autographs.

  121. Mueller is making America Great Again!

  122. @Timothy Spradlin No, it will take motivated voters to do that.

  123. Think Trump’s collar just got a little tighter?

  124. @Ziggy After reading FEAR by Woodward, it's clear that Trump doesn't understand many things. Basic things about the law elude him. So being clueless he probably doesn't even understand what's going on. And probably assumes that it's a "personal' vendetta against him. Sigh.

  125. For the safety of the public, the CDC should have someone follow him around and put hazmat warning signs on every park bench he sits on from now until the time of his incarceration.

  126. @Ann Manafort needs a food taster, as well.

  127. @Ann Don't forget: Manifort is in custody, not free on bail, because he tried to influence a juror in his previous trial. I don't think he'll be sitting on any park benches for a while. Jail or prison is probably the safest place for him, anyway.

  128. No need - he is already in jail.

  129. Trump Tower, June 9, 2016. Stone cold collusion.

  130. Manfort is a master white-collar criminal. Trump, his unindicted co-conspirator is up to his ears in money laundering, obstruction of justice and violation of campaign finance laws. In order for Mueller's team to abandon five counts for which they had incontrovertible evidence, there must be some pretty serious smoking guns in Manafort's actions. The trial in Virginia resulted in a hung jury on more than half of the counts with one Trump supporter "mole" holding out, or he would have been convicted on all counts. This current trial was going to be a slam dunk conviction. Manafort was trapped.

    The noose is tightening, Mr. Trump. All the tweets in the world will not save you. You are going down.

  131. @William O. Beeman

    Just to be clear. The Superseding Criminal Information is some 38 pages long and details all of Manafort's crimes, those he was required to plead guilty to and the counts he did not. As such, Manafort has admitted guilt to all indictments brought by Mueller. And, if Manafort does not live up to his part of the deal to cooperate/tell all, well, those indictments for which he's admitted guilt but not pleaded guilty to will be staring him in the face again.

  132. @William O. Beeman-I would like to see if the "mole" on the jury was threatened or received the promise of cash? From the sound of it, the fellow jury members never received a satisfying or factually accurate explanation for why this one jurist held out and refused to join them in voting for all counts.

  133. Pardon me.

    We know what’s ahead in the corrupt world of Trump.

  134. @Brett B May be too late. Manafort has to have already given Mueller *something* on which to base the value of his testimony and determine how much leniency to give him. If Trump pardons him now, it will be too late to appear as anything but obstruction of justice.

  135. Donald Trump, August 22, 2018: "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. 'Justice' took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break' - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a brave man!"

    Boy, that tweet sure didn't age well for him, did it?

  136. They're flipping faster than pancakes at an IHOP ...

  137. Such respect for a brave man!

  138. Tweet storm imminent and it has nothing to do with Florence. Meanwhile, Melania may want to start packing.

  139. @say what She'll do it, gladly!

  140. @say what
    I'm thinking Ms. trump only has an overnight bag in the WH anyway.

  141. He's giving up only four of his homes? How many more does he have? And millions of Americans (including veterans) are homeless on our streets.

  142. @Martha Goff
    Well, he'll have that new home that comes with three hots and a cot (not to mention the uniform) :-)

  143. @Martha Goff My thought exactly!

  144. This is a pretty big deal. I doubt that Mueller and his team would forego so much against Manafort if he was not going to roll big time on Mr. Trump. I expect Trump to throw Manafort under the bus after this., viz

    "In documents filed with the United States District Court in Washington, prosecutors from Mr. Mueller’s office charged Mr. Manafort with one count of conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Mr. Manafort pleaded guilty to those charges."

  145. Trump recently tweeted about Manafort:
    "unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break' - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a brave man!"
    I imagine his next tweet will take a different tone...

    Thanks to Robert Mueller, the man who's REALLY draining the swamp.

  146. Can someone ask Trump on camera: how is this a “witch hunt” if all the witches are being caught?

    Manafort was convicted earlier by a jury of his peers including staunch Trump supporters, after looking at the evidence.

    Are Trump supporters also part of the Deep state?

  147. @Patrician

    Well, to be fair, most witch hunts DO catch people. Many people were caught during the Salem Witch trials. The real question, of course, is: Were they really witches?

  148. "I have the best people."
    - Donald Trump, on the campaign trail, 2016.

  149. @Elizabeth
    Just one of thousands of lies....

  150. when you turn over a rock, you never know what you'll find hidden there. when you start digging, there are even more surprises! let the legal system do its job!

  151. The truth emerges.

    Vote on November 6, 2018. Vote “D”

  152. For those commenting "Oh no! What if he doesn't co-operate?" -- come on, you think these prosecutors are amateurs?? Of course he will and likely already has.

  153. Mueller must have promised Manafort a food taster to keep Manafort safe in perpetuity ( or a Geiger counter- almost as useful).

  154. @Susan,

    And from what I hear, conspiracy is a charge to which Manafort's already pleaded guilty. That's a huge, or should I say yuge umbrella under which "things" can be thrown.

  155. Mueller leading the most successful 'witch hunt' in history. Incoming Category 5 Tweetstorm in 5...4...3...2...1...

  156. It is going to be an unpleasant 53 days for the President.

    Unfortunately, based on the reactions from him we have seen in the past, it may be a truly terrifying 53 days for the rest of us.

    A cornered dog will do just about anything.

    The GOP has lost my consideration for the rest of my life in this country.

  157. @G As one that has voted for two GOP nominees for president a few decades ago, I am forever finished with the GOP. Its craven cowardice and continued betrayal of the country by enabling a delusional and dangerous Trump to attack our institutions and to forment distrust and hatred in the country should never be forgotten or forgiven.

  158. With Manafort cracking, the probability of epic rage tweeting, ranting and further polarization of America is high.

    GOP silence is certain.

  159. Maybe now we will learn why in the world Manafort was selected as campaign chair, and why, although cash-strapped, he did it “for free.”

  160. It isn’t a witch hunt. It is a warlock hunt!

  161. Americans of voting age, remember who among your elected officials threw their support behind this heap and how they have cowered silently. The litmus test for elected officials should be the presence of a spine.

  162. "You can't fool all of the people all of the time."

  163. The house of cards is about to tumble. Manafort knows where all the bodies are buried.

    If trump had any sense at all he would resign today. Needless to say, he doesn’t and he won’t.

  164. Trump and Russia. United they stand, but the end is coming soon. The Donald must be very careful going forward. An errant Tweet and Manafort could sing like a canary to express his displeasure. Makes sense to me.

  165. Gee, I hope a reporter is on hand to ask Trump about Manafort's bravery and integrity.

  166. Next to go: the Trump children (all of them), and then the Trump son-in-law.

  167. It’s interesting that some of the very first predictions were that Kushner and Don and or The rat faced one would ultimately be the ones who would be convicted of crimes but we have all these other guys convicted and we haven’t even gotten to the family yet.

  168. @DrG
    I think Jared will go first, followed by Don Jr. and then Eric then Ivanka and then DJT

  169. To quote the great American Homer Simpson, "It's funny because it's true".

  170. Odds just increased 1000% Donald Trump will be forced out before the end of his term.

    Well done Robert Mueller.

  171. Perhaps I missed the headlines, but when was it said that the more the number of indicted and convicted Trump underlings increases, the more likely Trump is at risk for such judicial action?

    When, ever, in the history of the world, was a boss not responsible for the pervasive criminal acts of his underlings? A boss is a boss because they boss you around, and Trump is a bossy person!

  172. Also, it only takes 2-3 people to form a conspiracy under the RICO statutes but in Trump’s case we’re waaay past that...

  173. With the corruption at all levels in American government where is the incentive to be honest in ones business dealings?

    The cynicism in my native country sends a clear message to young Americans that only fools follow the law.

    Our president openly states he may pardon law breakers who were previous associates.

    For future generations, how do we encourage honesty?

  174. @michael kittle

    For the record, he has pardoned law breakers. Joe Arpaio is a law breaker and a particularly sleazy one considering he was a law enforcement officer whom Trump pardoned.

  175. We start by a landslide Democratic victory in November.

    Democratic control of the house and senate will open many possibilities for the triumph of justice.

    However, it will be interesting to see if victorious Democrats can temper their use of power and truly serve working Americans.

  176. @michael kittle
    How do we encourage honesty?

    You can't. Those who are honest don't need encouragement and those who aren't won't magically develop scruples.

    If Trump gets taken down by Mueller, those who routinely deal from the bottom of the deck might go underground for a bit, keeping a low profile as it were. Then, when it appears the coast is clear, such cretins will come out of their holes, sniff around a bit, determine that it's business as usual and go back to their larcenous ways.

  177. Trump may be guilty of multiple crimes but he nonetheless makes a valid point: trading information on someone else for lesser charges or a lighter sentence is an odious practice inconsistent with justice.

  178. @No Curious that Rudy Giuliani, who shares your and DJT's view of these most recent plea arrangements, was a frequent user of plea deals as leverage when he was prosecuting organized crime in the 80s. Was the tactic less odious then?

  179. @No
    I totally disagree. Getting a criminal to tell the truth and expose other crimes against society is called doing the right thing. Protecting our elections from being stolen by traitors and foreign adversaries is the highest priority here, unless you enjoy living under a dictatorship.

  180. @No, it's completely consistent with justice. How else would you get crooks like Manafort to testify against the big boss? You can't simply ask conspirators to tell the truth where they have nothing to gain and much to lose by doing so. This is how crime families are taken down: the underlings face legal pressure and agree to talk, and you roll them up.

  181. Trump should have a twitter attack at some point.
    The $46 million from Manafort will pay for Mueller's investigation.

  182. @Claudia Jones

    I dont think that money goes to the Muller investigation. I suspect it goes to the IRS or/and the courts for their cost.

    Also remember his properties are highly mortgaged so they are not worth as much as they seem on paper.....

    Money for Mueller's investigation is well spent!

  183. It seems like this sends a reassuring message, at least to some: if you're one of the slime slathered creatures of the financial and political deep swamp, and you want to launder money, and engage in criminal lobbying activity, that's fine, as long as you've racked up a few other crimes for which you're willing to plead guilty. Yet another teachable moment for us all that the exponential growth of inequality in this country goes way beyond the economic sphere.

  184. This should have surprised no one. Mueller could have nailed Manafort to the wall on the Trump Tower meeting alone. He was the one person in that meeting who should have known that meeting was improper at best and illegal at worst.

  185. A broken clock is right twice a day...but, in Manafort's case, once may be all our country needs to oust Trump and begin to restore our democracy.

  186. I'm getting refreshed on my prior limited knowledge of the law and government, but have so many questions about how it works. Is Manafort still at risk for being re-tried on the charges in Alexandria? Or does this plea deal cover all the charges for both trials? And then does he get sentenced only on the cooperating guilty plea or that plus the earlier convictions? Thanks NYT for the reporting.

  187. @Rev. Diane Miller...This will wrap everything into one bundle.
    5 charges were dropped from Virginia,..and other charges were consolidated.
    He is going to prison,..and the State guilty verdict cannot be undone by Trump.
    Manafort will spill and Cohen is spilling,..and all the Trumps are in the toilet.

  188. @Jonathan, there is no guilty verdict for Manafort in a state court.

  189. Trump, his sons, and Kushner must be sweating bullets with this announcement. Thank you Mr. Mueller for staying the course on this investigation. I hope you can clean house, the White House that is.

  190. @Diana
    I hope Ivanka is also held accountable. Even bad things can come in pretty packages.

  191. this is unbelievably big news, a bombshell if you like. Sarah Huckabee has already said this is not of concern to Trump, as has Giuliani--I heard all this in car just now.

    the main point is, will Manafort really tell all? Remember, this is a defiant man who resisted cooperation for a long time now. I wonder what caused the change of heart, given Trump's obvious pardon dangles.

    Or, as I hope, is this further proof that the rats are fleeing the sinking ship (of state)?

  192. @ChristineMcM -- Manafort will for sure tell all. If he doesn't satisfy Mueller with the extent or accuracy of what he tells (you can be sure Mueller already knows the answers to the questions he will ask Manafort or has ways of verifying Manafort's responses), the plea bargain is off, the trial ensues, and life gets even worse than it already has become for Manafort.

  193. @ChristineMcM Huckabee-Sanders has to say that. It is her job. But, just watch her facial expressions when uncomforable questions are asked and she has to answer in defense of the indefensible.

  194. @ChristineMcM-Manafort might be realizing that his only hope for safety is the feds. He was in debt to pro-Russian interests according to Cyprus Bank records; a well-known repository for Russian money-laundering funds. He was paid between $17-$25 million by his pro-Russian benefactors. They claim he didn't deliver and Manafort subsequently parked $20 million in U.S. real estate. With this latest development, the plot thickens....

  195. Ironic yet unsurprising that on this 10th anniversary of the financial crisis a person that exudes such greed gets a deal. I would have preferred to see him get full sentencing, no matter the connection to Trump.

  196. @Andre Keil At least they seized 4 of his houses (!) The greed of these people is disgusting. How many houses does one need?

  197. @Andre Keil

    Understandable sentiment, but don't forget Manafort is going to die in prison either way.

  198. Now how is trump going to back peddle that Manafort isn't a good man or that he has no connection to the conspiracy (or as he states it: collusion) against the United States? Manafort pled guilty, so we know there was collusion. To what is still not fully known.

  199. After reading that document filed by Mueller, I came to one conclusion.

    The amount of secret scheming Manafort did that involved fake news reports and conspiring with public officials in order to sway elections and publicity in Ukraine leaves little doubt that he was more than capable of going to extraordinary lengths to win Trump's election, no matter what the cost or how he did it.

  200. This is exactly the crux of the issue...that and why did Manafort want Trump to choose Pence for VP?

  201. Perfectly stated. Amen!

  202. I believe I saw the Mueller investigation play itself out on a season of The Wire. Sure, that was about a criminal drug gang surrounded by corrupt politicians and this is about the White House, but the only difference is really the drug part. That said, I can’t wait for the season finale with the whole raid thing to happen here as well. Oops, spoiler?

  203. I'm not sure the comparison is apt, because Stringer Bell had actual management expertise, curiosity, and a hunger for knowledge. And he was not getting any help from a hostile gang on the other side of town.

  204. With the agreement, one has to now assume the joint agreement between Mr. Manafort's attorneys and Mr. Trump's attorneys are now null-and-void. This leaves Mr. Trump and his attorneys now blind as to what Director Mueller will extract from Mr. Manafort. The panic and fear in the W.H. I suspect has just risen exponentially.

  205. @Bryan

    nah, not blind, Trump already knows. Months and months have gone by where Prez and Manafort attorneys have talked freely and gotten their stories straight . The panic and fear will be from what Prez already knows Manafort can reveal.

  206. The question is: what is the value of his cooperation to get 5 of the 7 charges dropped.

  207. @Euclid These are highly experienced Federal Prosecutors. For sure, they got the better part of the deal.

  208. Manafort may well confirm what many have always suspected, that Trump knew of and authorized the Trump Tower meeting and that the Russian participants got to meet Trump as the meeting concluded. Collusion morphs into conspiracy.

  209. We may well assume that nobody outside the opposing teams of lawyers and Mr. Manafort and his family will know for sure what this means. Maybe this dovetails just a bit too nicely with Trump's PR strategy, which is to keep the daily grind of negative publicity out of the picture, while Mr. Manafort tailors what he has to say to things that won't really touch Mr. Trump too closely, hoping for a pardon. But maybe not. If it's real cooperation of course, this won't help Trump. And yet maybe there's more real terror for Mr. Trump in the DOJ's famed NY Southern District. The tension of this drama compels us to remind ourselves to stay tuned. To me, Mr. Trump's fate lies in the interaction of an increasing number of factors, which isn't really hope: he must hope that the Republicans don't lose the House; that the American people grow tired of the Mueller investigation and its twists and turns instead of becoming increasingly frustrated with him personally; and that the Republican Party remains quiescent and tame.

  210. If a person is pardoned, then they have no recourse if ordered to testify about their crimes, if I understand the law correctly. A pardon is not an exoneration. The Trump administration/family is hardly out of the woods in that case.

  211. @Andy Plus they cannot be pardoned of charges brought by the State of New York where many of the finance related crimes took place.

  212. "As part of the deal, the government will seize four of Mr. Manafort’s homes as well as the money in a number of bank accounts, the documents say." That saves Manafort from going through a bunch of foreclosures and the annoyance of writing checks to all of those high priced legal eagles. Paul should be grateful for those benefits. His life will now be some much simpler and less stressful.

  213. Well aren’t you special. Make him comfortable! Wealthy, white guy treatment. Only us little people are supposed to pay taxes, right?

  214. Manafort may well confirm what many have always suspected, that Trump knew of and authorized the Trump Tower meeting and that the Russian participants got to meet Trump as the meeting concluded. Collusion morphs into conspiracy.

  215. WOW! I am actually surprised that Mueller landed this big fish, especially with all the offers of pardon being waved around. But surely Manafort knew that he would just be subjected to trials in state courts and would likely spend the rest of his life in jail anyway. At last the crimes of Trump and his family, especially as they pertain to conspiracy with Russians, will be revealed and we can begin the process to rid ourselves of this nightmare illegitimate presidency. My wish is that in less than 2 months time the Congress will be safely in democratic hands and those spineless republicans that have enabled and excused the lawlessness of this president and his administration will be sent packing. A pity that they cannot be held to account. But at least Trump and his minions will be, and as a country we can begin the process to reverse and repair all the damage that has been done in less than 2 years. And hopefully to implement safeguards to ensure that this can never happen again.

  216. @Pat M No surprise - all that was needed what the right bait, and the fishy ate it.

  217. All those who have been convicted and those in line to be indicted got on the Trump train for easy money, easy (perceived) power asndf influence, and easy flouting of the norms of business, government, and society. If they had stayed in the business world, they most likely would never have encountered resistance and law enforcement. Also, if Trump was not a serial tweetmaster, a lot of their lawbreaking would not have been uncovered. But like Ralph Kramden, the president has a big mouth. Keep on keeping on, Mr. Mueller, and maintain an even strain.

  218. US Income tax evasion is the same as taking money from the US treasury. This is the same as politicians awarding no-bid contracts to political contributors at inflated prices which also results in taking money from the US treasury. US Tax laws require that US citizens pay taxes on money that is made in foreign nations, even if no activity to create that wealth is done in the USA. Even if you believe that these provisions of the US tax code are not fair, you should face US prison for evasion of these provisions if you file false statements to the IRS. No US citizen should ever be pardoned by any US President for US Tax Evasion. If you want the benefits of US Citizenship then you must also comply with US laws, or you can renounce your US citizenship and leave the USA.

  219. The history books of the future will show that Robert Mueller was one of the great American patriots of this very disturbing era.

  220. Only if we can forget Mueller’s role in shielding the Saudi Arabian government’s role in 9/11- something that would have really embarrassed his boss at that time, GWB...what with all those photos of bush holding hands with and/ or smoothing Prince Bandar. That’s why I am enjoying Mueller’s investigations somewhat cautiously. The fact that Pence’s name isn’t coming up makes me think a Pence presidency is the goal. After all, Mueller ( and Comey) are both Republicans.

  221. @Wisconsonian But I agree with Michael Moore that a Pence presidency would be less dangerous. Pence is a snake, but he has actual beliefs which makes it easier to oppose him. His beliefs and his agenda are not popular, even among Republicans. he doesn't have one fraction of the smarmy charismatic allure that Trump holds for the base. We can't let fear of Pence get in the way of getting rid of Trump.

  222. Mr. Trump said that trading information on someone else for lesser charges or a lighter sentence “almost ought to be outlawed.” So he's saying that every time he watched a cop show or movie where they catch the small-time pusher and pressure him to rat out the big guy who's moving enough weight to hook the whole city, Trump was rooting for the big guy. No surprise, but it does raise the question of why any cop, or anyone else who claims to stand for law and order, would ever vote for him.

  223. Whether Paul Manafort was DT’s campaign chairman for two months or two days, DT did not handpick him in a vacuum. He knew PM’s connections and associations with Russian oligarchs and his history of money laundering, other illegal acts and how those associations could benefit him in his rise to power. PM is going to sing. Not like a bird, but like a chorus of birds. DT will tweet all kinds of disclaimers, and Huckabee-Sanders will stand and deliver all sorts of denials, none of which will keep Bob Mueller from continuing to move closer to his primary target.

  224. You can be pretty much sure that Trump will distance himself from this whole business. He will claim that he had nothing to do with the Russians and that there was no collusion. Trump has no credibility with anything as he seems to be unable to tell the truth on anything. So what are Americans to think of their president? The answer will start to be understood after the mid-term elections in November. Think carefully about who and what you are voting for in November. Understand the policies of the candidates and hold them accountable at every opportunity. Stop voting against your self-interests (health care, taxation) and start worrying about a president that is getting chummy with dictators like Kim Jung Un and Putin (yes, he is a dictator, just ask any Russian). Good luck in November, the rest of the world is watching closely to see what you decide.

  225. Man this investigation has made me so excited for Fridays.

  226. @Austin Greatest daily soap opera ever! You hate to miss a day because you will get behind in the story plot.

  227. @Nostradamus Said So Agnes Nixon and Irna Phillips would be jealous.

  228. Prosecutors have attained two new charges against Manafort now, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, that they will now leverage against Trump. Where there is conspiracy there must be co-conspirators. There are now 4 convicted Trump top aides who will be cooperating with Mueller to testify against Trump for sentencing leniency. I fully expect Mueller to unveil an airtight case for conspiracy and obstruction of justice against the president in the coming months. Let justice be served.

  229. We can only hope that this deal includes substantial cooperation with Mueller's investigation. Let Trump tweet his heart out. If he pardons Manafort, that would suggest Trump still has much to fear, only adding fuel to the fire.

  230. Remember, no pardon can prevent his testimony. In fact, a pardon removes his rights against self-incrimination. Of course, a Trump pardon is limited to federal crimes, so he could still be prosecuted in state courts. But I feel confident that any state prosecutor will make a deal with Moeller to enable further cooperation. So Trump cannot stop this.

  231. Manafort can at any time be compelled to testify before any federal grand jury and if he is deemed to be lying, withholding evidence or failing to cooperate,perjury and/or contempt charges could keep him in jail for quite some time- contempt charges alone kept Susan Mcdougall in jail for over a year as I recall.

  232. Donald Trump chooses people like Paul Manafort because like him they have no respect for laws and truth and are happy to lie and break the law as long as they feel they can get away with it. This is different from someone who lies or breaks a law on a rare occasion and reluctantly and for a specific reason, usually to protect their reputation or electoral chances, and who shows contrition if caught. As the anonymous writer behind the op-ed last week described in the opening passage; Trump - and most of his chosen associates - is amoral.

  233. Paul Manafort's plea agreement means that he knows he doesn't have a leg to stand on and it's every man for himself. Being convicted in another trial would surely land him in jail for a very long time and relying on a pardon is the height of foolishness. It's highly unlikely that Can Manafort, Cohen, Gates, Papadopoulos, Flynn et al. are lying or making stories up. These men were in the highest echelons of the GOP nominee-turned president's campaign and have a wealth of information to share with the Mueller investigation. The president can claim persecution all he wants to but it's clear that the investigation is flooding the Oval Office.

  234. A minor player in the campaign who was purposely let go ,under investigation for crimes which occurred 10 years ago and do not concern the President. Collusion ,although there is none on the Presidents fault is not a crime,impossible to prove and nobody has ever been convicted of it. As far as obstruction claims nothing meets the criteria or it would have been exposed last year.Even ,even ,in the event of something where there's nothing the President could not be indicted.None of the voters who elected President Trump consider this ineffectual investigation any more than a Democrat corruption about impeachment ,which also will never happen. the only thing that's sure is re election in 2020

  235. By “ineffectual investigation” do you mean the 35 indictments and 6 guilty pleas by people who were handpicked by Trump to lead America to be “great again”? If you want to continue to drink the Trump Kool-Aid, it’s a free country. But at some point Trump supporters are going to have to recognize that the solar system does not revolve around the earth and the oceans do not end at the edge of the horizon.

  236. How is Trump going to win with a 30%?

  237. @Alan Einstoss There is something amiss with the construction of this extended comment. I am suspicious about its origins.

  238. Hopefully Kavanaugh will not be approved and won't be able to block any investigation or indictment of Trump.

  239. @LivinginNY "Hopefully," indeed, but one way or another, the GOP members of the Senate, plus Pence of course, are going to confirm him. Then we lose an independent judiciary and a trustworthy third branch of government... And will be well on our way to a one-party, banana republic or worse, an authoritarian (not to say neo-fascist) state.

  240. I'll be waiting with baited breath to see what the details are, since I think that should be a window into what he's giving the Muller investigation. If he's getting just a year, that might mean he's cooperating, if he's given a longer sentence, then maybe he's not so keen to cooperate, and is just saving the government the time/energy/resources of the full prosecution in exchange for a fixed sentence [say 4 years, on top of his other conviction]. If he's smart, he should know that Trump is not loyal or reliable, and would throw anyone under the bus who's not licking his boots, and even some who are seem to be discarded when convenient. Hopefully, this does lead to further prosecutions, especially of the family, since - if we are a country with the rule of law, all the guilty need to be held to account.

  241. I'm skeptical. I see a scenario whereby Manafort pleads guilty to the remaining unresolved tax and fraud charges in return for a reduced sentence because he already has a secret deal with Trump for a pardon in exchange for Manafort's non-cooperation in the Russia probe. I hope I'm wrong, and I have faith in Mueller to do the honorable thing. But either way, LOCK HIM UP and throw away the key.

  242. @Mary Terry If pardon, Manafort can still be subpoenaed to testify before Mueller, and then he cannot plead 5th amendment.

  243. Thank you founders for an independent judiciary. The system is working. Let’s hope Congress grows a spine in December and back stops Mueller when the inevitable dismissal of the special counsel occurs.

  244. @D. Maxwell Hanks Spineless Ryan and McConnell are going down with Trump as the two worst Congressional "Leaders" in U.S. history.

  245. @D. Maxwell Hanks I think I need to disagree with your opening premise. We are close to losing an independent judiciary, if BK is confirmed. He is no more 'independent" of the right-wing, neo-fascist GOP than, say, Mitch McConnell. So if we lose a "third branch of government," in seeing a Republican Supreme Court for the next generation or so, we have lost one pillar of American democracy. The system will then, surely, not be working.

  246. @D. Maxwell Hanks It will be a race to hold Trump accountable before he packs the judiciary with partisan hacks.

  247. This plea deal had better not absolve him of the jail time for counts on which he has already been found guilty.

  248. @Lostin24 Why? If he spills the beans on Trump, what do I care if Manafort lives it out in a prison or in a garage (because his ill-gotten assets are confiscated and his chance for a paying job is kaput). No difference to me about Manafort's future. Big difference to me if he spills the beans on Trump. In fact, I'd be so grateful as to make my garage available rent-free to Manafort.

  249. Well we are now in End Game. It is clear that the details of the Trump Tower collusion meeting and subsequent WikiLeaks email hack/leak can be corroborated by more than one person who has pled guilty and is cooperating. So at this point Trump can resign (doubt he will given his immense ego), fire Mueller, or attempt to wait out the court battles coming his way.

  250. @Joe Mama So now Manafort has flipped wonder what trump thinks of his mob friends now.

  251. @Joe Mama Trump would never go quietly. And he will take as many people as possible down with him...hopefully McConnell and Ryan.

  252. As the Manafort seems to show, Robert Mueller is the most skillful, honest, patriotic American in Washington. I am anxious to hear, again, those reassuring words of President Gerald Ford in his first speech after Richard Nixon was forced to resign: "Our long national nightmare is over." But it's going to take a long, difficult journey to repair the damage Trump has been doing to American democracy, the state of the nation, and the spirit of America that once rightfully made us the envy of all the world.

  253. @SA Wow, it's starting to look like Truth and Justice might prevail.

  254. @SA And no pardon for the disgraced outgoing President, this time.

  255. @SA, Ford then pardoned Nixon. That was a return of the nightmare.