The biggest news this past week around the Mueller investigations is former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, accepting a plea bargain. He has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe, pled guilty to several charges from the Mueller probe, and insured a cap of ten years in prison when sentenced.
Interestingly enough, Trump attorney and lead apologist, Rudy Giuliani, said Mueller had nothing damaging on the president. Which brings up the major question, why would Mueller accept a deal with Manafort unless he had useful information for his continued investigation?
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Russia probe, told Reuters on Friday that Manafort “knows nothing harmful to the president and the plea is the best evidence of that.” The White House said in a statement that the agreement had “absolutely nothing to do” with the president or his 2016 campaign.
Considering Mr. Manafort attended the infamous meeting in Trump Tower and oversaw the Republican National Convention that anointed Mr. Trump as the GOP presidential candidate…it’s a stretch to think this has nothing to do with the campaign…and an even further stretch that he knows nothing damaging to the president or his advisors.
It will interesting to see how this shakes out.
And the fact that this was arranged and announced in less than 60 days prior to the November midterm elections may also be a telling factor in the importance of the information that Mr. Manafort can provide to Mr. Mueller.