One former confidant entered a guilty plea. Another received a guilty verdict. Both events may have significant consequences for President Trump.
President Trump's former campaign chairman was found guilty on eight counts of fraud and financial crimes. But it’s not too late for him to cut a deal.
I initially caught the news about this as an interruption while a soap opera was on after lunch. It reminded me of summers with my mom watching television and interruptions for news about the Reagan administration, Oliver North, and even Clarence Thomas hearings. Oh the nostalgia…
It’s incredibly rare that I’ve randomly got soaps on the television, and I had even contemplated the nostalgia before the news broke. It’s almost as if the universe were listening to my brain.Syndicated copies to:
As the special counsel built his case against Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, pressure was mounting for the men to to cooperate with the Russia inquiry.Then a lawyer for President Trump came to them with an idea: What if the president were to pardon his former advisers?
On today’s episode:
• Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the Russia investigation for The New York Times.
• The talks about possible pardons for two former Trump adviserssuggest that the White House was concerned about what Mr. Flynn and Mr. Manafort might reveal to the special counsel in the Russia investigation.
Presidents should not be able to grant or push potential pardons in actions in which they’re so closely involved.Syndicated copies to:
A stray news tip led to the discovery that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, owns a brownstone in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.