Donald Trump’s former 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been out of the news for a couple of months, and that’s mainly because he’s busy serving an extended sentence in federal prison for his many crimes. Rather than agree to testify against Trump, Manafort took the blame and is now incarcerated for up to 7 1/2 years.
But even though Manafort is serving time, there’s still news from his case, and that news could wind up providing evidence of Trump’s many crimes, CNN reports:
“Prosecutors told a federal judge on Sunday they are nearly ready to unseal details from court proceedings about how President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied during his cooperation, including about efforts to sway the President’s approach to Ukraine.
“Unsealing the details could potentially explain major questions about Manafort’s connections to the White House and fill in gaps about what Russia and Ukraine hoped from Trump after he took office.”
The key words there are Trump, Russia, and Ukraine, all of which led to the appointment of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and have also resulted in Donald Trump being impeached.
It may interest you to know that while prosecutors are more than willing to let us all see details from the case that was used to convict Manafort, the U.S. Department of Justice, under the so-called leadership of Trump toady William Barr, is fighting that release, with the U.S. Attorney’s office for District of Columbia siding with Manafort’s attorneys and asking to review the documents another time before they’re made public. Why in the world would they do that? What do they have to hide?
Based on the Mueller report, we know that Manafort had promised Russian oligarch Konstantin Kilimnik he would do his best to “sway” Trump on the matter of Ukraine:
“After the presidential election, Kilimnik wrote an email to Manafort expressing the view—which Manafort later said he shared—that the plan’s success would require U.S. support to succeed: ‘all that is required to start the process is a very minor ‘wink’ (or slight push) from [Donald Trump],'” the Mueller report says. “The email also stated that if Manafort were designated as the U.S. representative and started the process, [former Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych would ensure his reception in Russia ‘at the very top level.'”
Ultimately, the decision on releasing those Manafort documents will come down to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has already made it clear she isn’t about to dance to the DOJ or White House’s tune when it comes to issuing her rulings.
Within a week or so, we could be seeing that Manafort evidence, right as things are reaching critical mass on Trump’s pending impeachment trial in the Senate. And that might be very damaging to a president who is already trying to start a war with Iran in a selfish attempt to distract the nation from his problems here at home.
In the end, Manafort may help bring down Trump, even though he refused to testify against him.