You may have seen video of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaving a federal courthouse in Virginia recently, where he was formally indicted on a slew of charges related to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. These charges were in addition to the ones Manafort faces in Washington, D.C.
Here’s the bad news for Manafort: If he’s found guilty on the various charges — conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, bank fraud, etc. — he’s gonna die in prison. Manafort is 68 years old. The crimes he’s charged with would guarantee he’s locked up until the age of 98, if he were to live that long.
Though he hasn’t yet agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team of investigators, rest assured Manafort is going to.
Within the next few weeks, Manafort will flip on Donald Trump and tell everything he knows. If you’re a betting person, you can take that wager to the bank, because it’s as good as done.
How exactly will Manafort become a witness against Trump? For that, we need look no further than what Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, told Reuters:
“It’s all about increasing pressure on Manafort to cooperate.”
Mueller now has a 30-year prison sentence to use as a cudgel against Manafort. If that’s not the ultimate in leverage and doesn’t convince Manafort to spill his guts, then he’s a lot dumber than he looks.
Another wedge Mueller has involves Manafort’s former son-in-law, Jeffery Yohai. Newsweek reports:
“Mueller’s team has looked into Yohai, who worked with Manafort on four California properties that were eventually placed in bankruptcy. The issue at hand is the loan Manafort received in early 2017 on a home in Brooklyn from Genesis Capital LLC.
Genesis, Manafort and the attorney representing the bankrupted properties had not disclosed the loan to the bankruptcy court. Manafort used the loan for a $6.8 million refinancing of the Brooklyn home, while Genesis got to put one of the bankrupted properties up for sale.”
And by that one action, Manafort and Genesis opened themselves up to bankruptcy fraud.
Keep in mind this charge would be separate from the ones already facing Manafort, and it could wind up pulling his daughter into the fray. She was married to Yohai and might have known about the fraud. If so, she’s also facing years in prison.
Is Paul Manafort on the verge of being a cooperating witness for Robert Mueller? Yes, he is. And when he tells what he knows, Donald Trump is finished.