Paul Manafort has a joint defense agreement with Donald Trump, and is likely still holding out for a pardon.

By | 2018-09-13T16:16:01+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |10 Comments

Donald Trump: “This whole thing about flipping, they call it, I know all about flipping.”

Courtesy of Politico:

Asked Wednesday whether a plea deal would close the door on Manafort getting a Trump pardon, Giuliani replied, “No, it doesn’t. I can’t speak for his exercising discretion on a pardon. But I don’t see why it would foreclose it, no.”

Giuliani also confirmed that Trump’s lawyers and Manafort’s have been in regular contact and that they are part of a joint defense agreement that allows confidential information sharing.

“All during the investigation we have an open communication with them,” he said. “Defense lawyers talk to each other all the time where as long as our clients authorize it therefore we have a better idea of what’s going to happen. That’s very common.”

Giuliani confirmed he spoke with Manafort’s lead defense lawyer Kevin Downing shortly before and after the verdicts were returned in the Virginia trial, but the former mayor wouldn’t say what he discusses with the Manafort team. “It’d all be attorney-client privilege not just from our point of view but from theirs,” he said.

A plea deal makes the most sense for Manafort if it serves as a gateway to a pardon from Trump, but the president made clear in a series of recent statements that his admiration for his former campaign chairman is driven by the fact that he has resisted efforts to “flip” him — slang for turning him into a witness, in this instance against his ex-boss.

So apparently everything that Manafort and his attorneys learn about the prosecution case against him, and the questions that Muellers’ team wants to ask him, is then whispered directly into a Trump attorney’s ear.

As for Manafort agreeing to a plea deal that has him ratting out his former boss, according to ABC News he is trying desperately to avoid that very thing:

Sources tell ABC News that Mueller’s office is seeking cooperation from Manafort for information related to President Donald Trump and the 2016 campaign. Manafort, however, is resisting and his team is pushing prosecutors for a plea agreement that does not include cooperation, at least as related to the president, sources said.

So clearly Manafort is rolling the dice for a presidential pardon and knows that if he turns on Trump that will no longer be an option. 

Even more interesting is that according to Bob Woodward’s new book, as reported by The Atlantic, Manafort is not the only one who shares this “joint defense agreement” with Trump:

According to journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, Manafort is not alone in having a deal with Trump. Thirty-seven witnesses who have been called to testify so far in the Mueller inquiry are part of a joint-defense agreement with the president, which allows them to share details about what they told the special counsel. Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney and  fixer, also had an agreement with Trump, but he backed out earlier this summer when he decided to cooperate with New York prosecutors.

No wonder Giuliani thinks that he can write a rebuttal to the Mueller report coming out in October. He believes he knows everything that Mueller knows based on his questioning. 

But if Mueller were really smart, and we know he is, he would be holding back the really damaging evidence to lure Trump and his legal team into a trap.

Here’s hoping that’s the case. 

Update: It appears that Manafort is close to making that deal.

Courtesy of ABC News

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

I do not know of this means Manafort is going to cooperate with Mueller, or whether he is just pleading guilty and waiting for Trump to pardon him. 

If it is the former Trump is going to flip out, however, if it is the ladder Manafort better hope that his boss can hang on long enough to get his ass out of prison. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    The Trump And Manafort Legal Teams Are Colluding To Dodge Mueller’s Investigation

    …According to ABC News, “Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.”

    Of course, none of this means Manafort will be flipping on Trump. In fact, it could mean the opposite as the two men’s legal teams have been working closely together on matters related to the Russia investigation.

    More from ABC News about the possible plea deal:

    The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

    Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    ABC News spotted the team arriving in a dark SUV Thursday morning, pulling into a secret entrance out of public view at the building where Special Counsel Robert Mueller is based.

    Manafort and Trump are colluding to dodge Mueller

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/13/trump-manafort-legal-teams.html

  2. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Trump and GOP almost double the deficit from last year with $214 billion deficit in August

    …The U.S. government had a $214 billion budget deficit in August, almost double the amount for the same period last year as outlays swelled, according to Treasury Department data released on Thursday.

    That compared to a budget deficit of $108 billion in the same month last year, the department’s monthly budget statement showed.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the Treasury posting a $156.5 billion deficit in August.

    The government’s deficit was $152 billion when accounting for calendar adjustments. That compared to an adjusted deficit of $108 billion in the same month the prior year.

    Economists generally view the corporate and individual tax cuts passed by the Trump administration late last year and an increase in government spending agreed in early February as likely to balloon the nation’s deficit.

    The deficit for the fiscal year, which began last October, reached $898 billion, compared to a deficit of $674 billion in the same period of fiscal 2017. On an adjusted basis, the gap of $886 billion compared with $713 billion in the previous period.

    Unadjusted receipts last month totaled $219 billion, down 3 percent from August last year, while unadjusted outlays were $433 billion, a jump of 30 percent from the same month in 2017.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/13/trump-and-gop-almost-double-the-deficit-from-last-year-with-214-billion-deficit-in-august.html

  3. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    A crook pardoning a crook. How low has America sunk? We are the swamp.

    • Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      We aren’t the swamp,the criminal trump administration is the swamp.

  4. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I think only time will tell if we are the swamp. After election day in November we shall see.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago September 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    The whole bunch are traitors!

  6. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Thousands Rally In Ohio As Obama Brings Buckeye State Beatdown To Trump And GOP

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/13/obama-buckeye-state-beatdown.html

    Food for the soul.

  7. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Avenatti gave Tucker Carlson hell when he strayed from the arranged discussion topics and tried to defend Donald Trump’s behavior.

    When Carlson accused the Obama administration of spying on the Trump campaign – all while the Fox News graphics department had “Creepy Porn Lawyer” plastered on the chyron – Avenatti went off.

    “Why is it that you don’t call Donald Trump the creepy porn president?” Avenatti asked. “He’s the one that had sex with a four-month-old son at home with my client without a condom.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/13/avenatti-rains-hell-fox.html

  8. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Manafort’s pleading today. One count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Ouch. Can’t wait for the child emperor’s Twitter tantrum coming soon..

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