In the dirty world that is politics, just about everyone can be considered to be knee deep in swamp muck. The more that is dug up on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the more that comes to light, and just about all of it was before he worked for Trump and involves being a lobbyist for a foreign entity.
Manafort is due to stand trial in late September for various charges like money laundering, conspiracy, etc., and according to sources unnamed at The Hill, he’s trying to work out a plea deal since his former partner Rick Gates rolled on him.
The specifics of the conversations with the special counsel’s office, including if Manafort would provide damaging information on President Trump, are still unclear.
Should the discussions produce a plea deal, they would mark a stark departure from Manafort’s past strategy of defiance toward the Mueller probe.
Rather than taking a plea deal in a case involving charges of bank and tax fraud, Manafort fought the charges in a trial in Virginia but was found guilty on eight counts. He is facing up to 10 years in prison.
He also slammed his former business partner Rick Gates for cooperating with the Mueller team in exchange for leniency in his own case.
“I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence,” Manafort said in February.
The truth is that the crimes for which Manafort and Gates are being charged are not unusual in American politics. Dig deep on just about all of the big names and this will be apparent. What seems to be an issue in this case, though, is trying to find something that will stick legally speaking against President Trump. That, of course, is the assumed purpose of the Mueller probe. So far, though, all Mueller has been able to do is convict operatives for lying to the FBI, and crimes that happened years ago.