Trump ex aide Manafort is hardened criminal: Mueller prosecutors

Cheryl Sanders
February 25, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final filings against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are likely bad news for Manafort, but may be - oddly - good news for President Donald Trump.

On "Fox & Friends" Saturday, Lewandowski, former Trump 2016 campaign manager, said the full report "absolutely" should be made public after it's submitted to and reviewed by Attorney General William Barr.

Stone was charged with lying to Congress about his efforts to coordinate with WikiLeaks to aid Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, while Manafort has been accused of repeatedly lying to investigators, including about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who the U.S. says has ties to Russian intelligence. A Mueller prosecutor also said earlier this month that an August 2016 meeting between Manafort and Kilimnik goes to the "heart" of the Russian Federation probe.

Barr has previously said that he wants to be as "transparent" as possible with Congress and the public, "consistent with the rules and the law". His testimony prompted concern among Democrats that he could choose not to release any of the findings of Mueller's team that have not already been made public through indictments. "We will take it to court if necessary", Schiff added. The prosecutors' list included tax preparers, bookkeepers, banks, the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice National Security Division, the grand jury, his own legal counsel.

The former Trump campaign chairman faces between 17 and 22 years in prison, although Muller's office hasn't offered a recommendation for a specific timeframe.

"We are going to get to the bottom of this".

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.,. said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that if Barr "sanitizes" the report, lawmakers of both parties "have a responsibility to ensure that the American people know what happened in 2016". In a letter Friday, Democrats warned against withholding information on Trump on the basis of department opinions that the president can't be indicted.

Russian Federation denies trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and Trump says his team did not collude with Moscow. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign. It's unclear. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said late last month that the probe is "close to being completed", the first official sign that Mueller's investigation may be wrapping up. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"We will, obviously, subpoena the report", Schiff told ABC "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos in an interview.

"The department has violated that policy repeatedly, and extendedly - to a great extent over the last two years", Schiff said.

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