According to multiple news sources, President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is pleading guilty Friday to two criminal charges under terms of a plea deal that includes his cooperation as a potential witness for special counsel Robert S. Mueller. In other words, Manafort has “flipped,” and will testify against his former master.
The story is being reported in many different places. The Washington Post, for instance, writes that, “The decision by Manafort to provide evidence in exchange for leniency on sentencing is a stunning development in the long-running probe into whether any Trump associates may have conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.” CNN, meanwhile, adds that, “Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the judge Manafort’s plea agreement is a ‘cooperation agreement,’ and other charges will be dropped at sentencing at ‘or at the agreement of successful cooperation.’ The scope of the cooperation was not immediately clear.” The Guardian, finally, notes that, “Manafort has admitted to conspiring to defraud the US and conspiring to obstruct justice in return for other charges against him being dropped. A filing to the court by Mueller’s team indicated that Manafort would receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.”
Whatever the final outcome of Manafort’s deal, this is very good news for Robert Mueller, and very bad news for Donald Trump.
Let’s all hope that today the date of the Orange One’s departure moved up just a bit.