The Special Counsel investigation has been taking trophies left and right since its very beginning, but today, today was the fucking jackpot!
Paul Manafort clearly did not want to cooperate with this investigation and fought tooth and nail to stay loyal to his old boss, but after being convicted in Virginia of those eight felonies last month it was like his legs were swept right out from under him.
And just in case you are still not aware of exactly what Mueller got out of Manafort, TPM lays it out for you:
The plea agreement reached between Paul Manafort and the special counsel’s office requires Manafort to cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” with the government on “any and all matters” identified by the government.
Though early reports on plea deal negotiations indicated Manafort was hesitant to agree to a deal that required his full cooperation, the agreement reached is broad and sweeping in outlining the former Trump campaign chairman’s obligation to cooperate, with zero exceptions.
The plea agreement filed Friday afternoon requires Manafort to attend all meetings requested by investigators regarding his participation in or knowledge of criminal activities. He must also give the government all documents and materials related to the investigation and participate in directed “undercover activities.” Manafort is also required to testify in legal proceedings and must always give “complete, truthful, and accurate information.”
Participate in “undercover activities?”
Does that suggest possibly wearing a wire to you? Because that suggests possibly wearing a wire to me.
There is also a Vanity Fair article out today that claims that Michael Cohen has been singing like a canary to Mueller for quite some time now:
In recent weeks, it has also become common knowledge among close friends of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, that Cohen is talking to the Mueller team, according to people familiar with the situation.
We also learned from the Washington Post that with the seizure of Manafort’s money and property that Mueller’s “witch hunt” is now officially making more money than it is spending:
The government’s seizures from Manafort could be worth about $42 million, including the upper estimates of just the properties, Federal Savings Bank loan and insurance policies. And that doesn’t include the other accounts, which might contain some portion of the $30 million that Wheeler points to as having been identified by the government as ill-gotten gains. That’s enough to pay for the Mueller probe for some time to come.
And if all of that was not enough let us remember Mueller’s batting average.
• Papadopoulos: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced.
• Patten: Pleaded guilty.
• Manafort: Pleaded guilty.
• Cohen: Pleaded guilty.
• van der Zwaan: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced.
• Gates: Pleaded guilty.
• Pinedo: Pleaded guilty.
• Flynn: Pleaded guilty.https://t.co/ZiFz3O5B5n
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 14, 2018
Essentially it appears that if Robert Mueller goes after you, Robert Mueller gets your ass.
If I were Trump or anybody associated with Trump, I would be chewing my fingernails down to the bone and jumping at every sound.
Because for the Trumpsters the boogeyman is real, he is coming, and there is no escape.