The Mueller investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections has taken an interesting turn as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has made a plea deal. He will be cooperating with the investigation now.
The question now becomes, “What does he know?”
Manafort, in a trial set to begin Sept. 24, had been facing seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering in federal court in Washington.
According to Politico, the plea deal includes a 10-year-cap for how long Manafort will be in prison. It also includes allowing Manafort to serve his time for both trials concurrently.
Considering his position with the Trump campaign, he probably knows a lot about what went down regarding Russians. He was only there for a short time, but it was plenty of time to collude if collusion indeed occurred.
Will he spill the beans on a massive conspiracy between the campaign and Russia? Will he take down some members of the campaign but protect the President himself? We probably won’t know for several weeks.