President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller is bad news for Trump, according to legal analysts (more video below).
CNN’s Gloria Borger explained why Manafort cut a deal with Mueller:
When you look at this agreement and it specifically says “your client shall testify fully, completely and truthfully’ about anything we want, they own him, okay, they own him.
He can’t plead the Fifth. He has to tell the truth. He is going to go in and talk without lawyers.
Of course it would be malpractice not to ask about everything that he knows about the Trump campaign during the time he was there, when you think about pre-inauguration, is the collusion part of this equation…
[Manafort has cut a deal] save his life basically, to try to get out of jail free. And he’s got to tell the truth in this or else it is completely useless to him.
Over on MSNBC, Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said that Manafort “must assume that he cannot rely on” on a pardon from Trump, and so he took the plea deal (video below):
This is a terrific deal for the government, and here is why. They are going to get Mr. Manafort’s cooperation. He is going to have to tell them everything — to tell them about anything that he knows about anyone who did anything wrong. And that is really what the government wants: information.
Pro-Trump Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz explained to MSNBC why the prospect of a presidential pardon for Manafort is non-existent (video below):
Once [Manafort] agrees to cooperate, he has to cooperate about everything. There’s no such thing as partial cooperation.