Today, Paul Manafort, Trump's presidential campaign manager, joined the ranks of campaign, White House staffers, and legal, media and business executives who have either pleaded guilty or agreed to cooperate, or both, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and campaign cooperation:
1) Trump's former campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papodopoulous agreed to a plea deal, but has been sentenced to 14 days in prison when prosecutors decided that he was not living up to his obligations.
2) Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He is now cooperating with Mueller's team.
2) Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide & Manafort's business partner, pleaded guilty to a number of finance crimes and agreed to a plea deal and testified against Manafort.
3) Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to committing identity theft in connection with Russian-election meddling and is cooperating with Mueller.
4) Alex Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Manafort and an unknown person in the Ukraine.
5) Micheal Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer" has pleaded guilty to eight counts of financial crimes related to his finances, taxi business and campaign financie violations, testifying that he paid Stormy Daniels hush money at the direction of then candidate Trump. Cohen is currently in talks with the Special Counsel's office.
6) Sam Patten, a GOP lobbyist with Ukrainian connections was under investigation by Mueller's team, then handed off to the DC US attorney's office. At some point he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller's team.
7) David Pecker, National Enquirerer publisher, or American Media Inc, was granted immunity from the case against Michael Cohen in the Southern District of New York in exchange for his cooperation. Pecker was involved in the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal -- it was recently revealed that The Enquirer had a vault full of dirt on Trump, kept under lock and key, for leverage.
8) Decades-long, Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselberg, was granted immunity from the Cohen case and is cooperating with Mueller.
Manafort is now agreeing to cooperate with Mueller's prosecution team, as it investigates Russia/Trump. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to ALL of the criminal charges filed by Mueller's prosecution team, including obstruction of justice, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, tax fraud, witness tampering, and more. Manafort admitted, when asked by the judge that he did commit all of the documented crimes.
In pleading guilty Manafort confirmed that he understood that his guilty plea meant significant jail time. He also acknowledged forfitting a slew of property, and paying significant fees -- his property on 5th avenue in New York is his apartment in Trump Tower, which now belongs to the Justice Department.
Manafort also agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully in Mueller's investigation and all related cases. He also waived his right to counsel. That means he's particpating in interviews without counsel, turn over documents and testify when necessary. After this hearing, he returned to jail, where he will stay, without a final sentence until his cooperation is complete.
Yep. President Trump's campaign manager. Isn't that "great"?