Live: Paul Manafort trial verdict | Guilty on 8 counts


APPLIED FOR LOANS TO HELP SUPPLEMENT HIS INCOME, BUT PROVIDED FALSE INFORMATION TO THE BANKS. SO FAR THE EIGHT COUNTS THAT THE JURY COULD ACTUALLY COME TO A DECISION ON ARE ALL GUILTY. THESE ARE THE FIRST CONVICTIONS SECURED BY SPECIAL COUNSEL, ROBERT MUELLER. >>SO, THE 10 COUNTS THAT AT THIS POINT, THAT THEY CANNOT COME TO A DECISION ON — AGAIN, IT APPEARS THE JUDGE IS PROCEEDING — I’M GOING TO LET THEM PROCEED WITH HIS PARTIAL VERDICT. THESE 10 COUNTS WOULD MOSTLY APPLY TO THE LOANS THAT THE PROSECUTOR HAD ISSUE WITH HOW THEY WERE SECURED? >>EXACTLY. I EVEN COVERED THIS CASE OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE. THE STRONGEST CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION WAS THE TAX FRAUD. THAT IS IN MANY WAYS A PAPERWORK CRIME. IT WAS SUPPORTED BY A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PAPER EVIDENCE, SUPPORTED BY DOZENS OF WITNESSES THAT THE JURY HEARD FROM. BUT, WE SAW THE QUESTIONS THAT THE JURY SUBMITTED LAST THURSDAY, SUGGESTING THEY HAD CONCERNS ABOUT HIS FAILURE TO DISCLOSE THIRD — CERTAIN FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS, AND WHETHER HE REALLY DID INTENTIONALLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE THEM, OR WHETHER THEY BELIEVE THE DEFENSE’S THEORY, WHICH IS THAT HE FARMED THIS OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE, INCLUDING HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE, RICHARD GATES. IT APPEARS THAT THE JURY BELIEVES THERE WAS REASONABLE DOUBT ABOUT THOSE CHARGES. WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACT THAT HE APPLIED FOR LOANS IN THE — PROVIDED FALSE INFORMATION. EACH OF THESE LOANS WAS A DIFFERENT SET OF FACTS. IT APPEARS THAT SOME PEOPLE COULD BELIEVE THERE WAS IN FACT REASONABLE DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT HE COMMITTED BRING — BANK FRAUD FOR THOSE LOANS. SO, THIS VERDICT IS NOT A HUGE SURPRISE, HAVING BEEN IN THE COURTROOM OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. >>PAULA, OKAY — SO, IF YOU ARE ROBERT MUELLER RIGHT NOW, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING BASED ON WHAT YOU ARE SEEING? ALSO, IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT TRUMP ? >>IF YOU ARE ROBERT MUELLER, I THINK THAT HE WOULD SAY — YOU KNOW WHAT? I WILL TAKE IT. THE COUNTS THAT WE ALL GOT WERE GUILTY. THERE IS ANOTHER TRIAL COMING UP FOR MR. MANAFORT IN DECEMBER ON SIMILAR CHARGES. THIS WILL FOCUS MORE ON THE KIND OF WORK THAT HE WAS DOING, ON HIS LOBBYING WORK. THAT HE FAILED TO DISCLOSE THAT HE WAS DOING IT ON BEHALF OF A PRO UKRAINIAN POLITICIAN. THIS IS MORE ABOUT HIS FINANCES, HIS INCOME, AND THE FACT THAT HE ALLEGEDLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE SOME OF IT. SO, HERE ROBERT MUELLER IS SAYING — YOU KNOW WHAT, I WILL TAKE US. IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU WILL SEIZE ON THE FACT THAT THE JURY COULD NOT COME TO A CONSENSUS ON THE MAJORITY OF THESE COUNTS. IF YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT, YOU WILL . OUTÃPOINT OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SPOKE TO GATES SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND CHOSE NOT TO BRING CHARGES. HE WILL HAMMER ON THE FACT THAT THEY CANNOT COME TO A CONSENSUS AND CONTINUE TO PUSH THE ARGUMENT, THAT THIS IS A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PROSECUTION. IT IS ALSO NOW UP TO PRESIDENT TRUMP IF HE WANTS TO PARDON HIS FORMER CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN ON THESE CONVICTIONS. >>A DIVIDED COUNTRY, A DIVIDED VERDICT SO FAR. LET’S CHECK IN WITH MAJOR GARRETT, AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE ON ALL OF THIS. FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, TELL US WHAT YOU MAKE OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEING HERE. >>WELL, THE WHITE HOUSE WILL SAY WHAT PAULA SAID, THAT ALL OF THESE CHARGES, THE CONVICTIONS, DEAL WITH FINANCIAL CRIMES. NOW, IF CONVICTED PAULA — PAUL MANAFORT HAS BEEN — IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH WORKING AROUND PRESIDENT TRUMP OR HIS CAMPAIGN. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TRIED TO PUT AS MUCH DISTANCE AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN THESE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AND PAUL MANAFORT’S WORK AS GENERAL CHAIRMAN FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND A VITAL PART OF THAT CAMPAIGN FROM MAY-JULY, CRUCIAL TO SECURING AND THEN HOLDING ALL OF THE DELEGATES NECESSARY TO MAKE DONALD TRUMP THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SAID IT IS UNFAIR TO TAR THE PRESIDENT WITH THESE FINANCIAL MISDEEDS OF PAUL MANAFORT THAT OCCURRED LONG BEFORE THAT POLITICAL ACTIVITY. AN UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH FOR THIS WHITE HOUSE — PAUL MANAFORT IMPLICATED AND CONVICTED. AND NOW RICK GATES WHO WAS A WITNESS IN THIS TRIAL AND ADMITTED TO MISDEEDS, BOTH WERE CENTRAL FIGURES IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. EVEN AFTER PAUL MANAFORT LEFT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, RICK GATES STAYED ON. ALL THROUGH THE FALL CAMPAIGN. THEN, HE WAS A SIGNIFICANT FUNDRAISER IN DECISION-MAKER WITHIN THE PRESIDENT’S INAUGURATION COMMITTEE. YOU HAVE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE ADMITTED TO WRONGDOING. ONE CONVICTED OF IT, PAUL MANAFORT, WHO DID HAVE SIGNIFICANT ROLES IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. TRY AS THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TO DISTANCE ITSELF FROM WHO PAUL MANAFORT IS, AND WHAT HE DID, AND WHAT HE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE DONE, AND NOW CONVICTED OF, THESE TWO STORIES DO CO-MINGLE. THE PRESIDENT IS FLYING TO WEST VIRGINIA. I GUARANTEE YOU HIS EYES ARE ON ANOTHER LEGAL MATTER IN NEW YORK — MICHAEL COHEN ABOUT READY TO PLEA TO OTHER CHARGES THAT COULD HAVE SIGNIFICANT REPERCUSSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PRESIDENT, NOT JUST LEGALLY, BUT POLITICALLY. >>WE WILL TAKE A PICTURE OF THE COURTHOUSE IN NEW YORK WHERE MICHAEL COHEN IS PLEADING GUILTY ON THIS REMARKABLE LEGAL AFTERNOON WITH BOTH MICHAEL COHEN PLEADING GUILTY AND NOW PAUL MANAFORT, AT LEAST FOUND GUILTY ON SOME CHARGES, 8/18 COUNTS IN HIS FRAUD TRIAL. YOU ARE LOOKING AT LOWER MANHATTAN HERE RIGHT NOW. THIS WAS A CASE THAT WAS REFERRED TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK BY ROBERT MUELLER’S TEAM. WE ARE WAITING TO GET MORE DETAILS ON EXACTLY WHAT THE CHARGES THAT MICHAEL COHEN IS PLEADING GUILTY TO — MAYBE WE CAN CIRCLE BACK TO PAULA REID WHO IS IN VIRGINIA BUT HAS COVERED THE MICHAEL COHEN CASE EXTENSIVELY. PAULA, IF YOU ARE WITH US — I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE ON PAUL MANAFORT. WHAT IS YOUR GUIDE AND SO FAR ON MICHAEL COHEN IN THIS PLEA? >>Reporter: WE EXPECT THIS PLEA DEAL WILL NOT REQUIRE ANY COOPERATION AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT FLIPPING. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE A STRAIGHT PLEA DEAL, THE KIND THAT YOU WOULD SEE WITH MANY DEFENDANTS GOING TO FEDERAL COURT. HE IS GOING TO PLEAD GUILTY TO SEVERAL CHARGES WHICH WE EXPECT WILL BE TAX FRAUD AND SOME CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION, AND SOURCES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WE WATCH CAREFULLY ON WHAT HE ADMITS TO IN CONNECTION WITH THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION. AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING MR. MICHAEL COHEN FOR POSSIBLE CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION RELATED TO CERTAIN HUSH MONEY PAYMENTS THAT HE NEGOTIATED TO KEEP WOMEN QUIET ABOUT THEIR ALLEGED AFFAIRS WITH THE PRESIDENT. SO, THIS WILL NOT REQUIRE HIS COOPERATION AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE, BUT IT COULD BE SIGNIFICANT, DEPENDING ON THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT HE IS ADMITTING IN CONNECTION TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION. >>OKAY, SO AS YOU SAID, MICHAEL:NOT FLIPPING ON THE PRESIDENT, BUT THEN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL COULD THEN USE THAT INFORMATION FROM THE MICHAEL COHEN PLEA? >>Reporter: HE COULD PROVIDE INFORMATION BETWEEN THE TIME THAT HE PLEASE TODAY, AND WHEN HE IS SENTENCED IN WEEKS OR MONTHS. THAT COULD HELP SENTENCING. BUT, SOURCES CLOSE TO THE INVESTIGATION TELL ME THAT MICHAEL COHEN IS CONSIDERED A PROBLEMATIC WITNESS. HE IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A VIABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION, BECAUSEEVEN IF HE WAS TO FLIP, IF THEY WERE TO MAKE IT TO TRIAL, AS YOU SEE HERE IN THE MANAFORT CASE, PUT HIM ON THE STAND, THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT HE COULD BE EASILY DISCREDITED OR UNDERMINED. HE IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A VALUABLE ASSET TO SPECIAL COUNSEL, BUT IF HE COMES UP WITH A PIECE OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OR SOME OTHER TESTIMONY THAT HE WANTS TO OFFER BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN HE IS SENTENCED, IT IS POSSIBLE. MUELLER COULD TAKE THAT COOPERATION IN EXCHANGE FOR A LIGHTER SENTENCE. BUT, AS OF RIGHT NOW, THAT IS NOT WHAT WE UNDERSTAND HE HAS AGREED TO DO. >>I’M JUST HEARING THAT WE ARE UNDERSTANDING NOW THAT MICHAEL COHEN HAS THE GUILTY PLEA AND IT INVOLVES A PRISON SENTENCE UP TO FIVE YEARS . FIVE YEARS AND THREE MONTHS. THAT SOUNDS SIGNIFICANT. WHAT ELSE THEN, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WITH MICHAEL COHEN? >>WELL, HE WILL NOT BE SENTENCED TODAY. THIS IS THE DEAL THAT HE HAS STRUCK BETWEEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND DEFENSE ATTORNEYS. THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL RECOMMEND TO A JUDGE, BUT A JUDGE CAN GO HARDER OR LIGHTER. IT ALSO DEPENDS ON HIS CONDUCT BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN HE IS SENTENCED. BUT, THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DAY. YOU HAVE TO OF THE PRESIDENTS TOP ASSOCIATES IN FEDERAL COURT, ONE PLEADING GUILTY, ANOTHER ONE BEING CONVICTED ON 8 COUNTS. >>SO, TELL ME — MANAFORT CONVICTED ON 8/18 COUNTS, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER 10 THEN? >>HE COULD BE RETRIED, BECAUSE THIS WAS A MISTRIAL. BUT, HE HAS ANOTHER TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER. I WOULD EXPECT THAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WILL WAIT AND SEE HOW THAT CASE GOES, AND THEN THEY WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO SPEND THE RESOURCES TO RETRY HIM ON THOSE OTHER 10 COUNTS. >>OKAY. PAULA REID, THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING ON BOTH STORIES, BACK TO MAJOR GARRETT. MAJOR, AS YOU SIFT THROUGH THIS LEGAL MAZE OF THIS AFTERNOON, NOW GETTING NEW INFORMATION ON MICHAEL COHEN, AND HIS GUILTY PLEA, PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE FROM DC FOR US. >>AS PAULA SAID, WHAT DOES HE PLEAD TO? AND HOW SPECIFIC IS THIS CHARGE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION? IS IT ONLY RELATED TO ACTIONS MICHAEL COHEN TOOK THAT HAVE NO LARGER IMPLICATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S KNOWLEDGE , EITHER AS A CANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT? OR, DOES IT SUGGEST THAT HE DID KNOW ABOUT IT? IF IT DOES, THAT WILL UNDERMINE THE PRESIDENTS SHARP DENIALS THAT HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS, AND IT COULD PLACE HIM IN SOME FORM OF LEGAL JEOPARDY. THOSE I HAVE TALKED TO AT THE WHITE HOUSE ARE MUCH MORE AFRAID OF THE POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS. IF MICHAEL:HE SAYS SOMETHING THAT SUGGESTS THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LESS THAN TRUTHFUL ABOUT THIS, THAT COULD DAMAGE HIM POLITICALLY MORE SO THAN LEGALLY. >>OKAY, MAJOR GARRETT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE A FEW SLOW, UNFOLDING LEGAL DRAMAS THAT HAVE BEEN PLAYING OUT FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS NOW, THEY BOTH SEEM TO COME TO A CONCLUSION WITHIN AN HOUR OF EACH OTHER, THAT IS PAUL MANAFORT BEING FOUND GUILTY ON 8/18 CHARGES. THAT IS IN FEDERAL COURT IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. THAT IS THE SCREEN ON YOUR RIGHT. ON THE LEFT, NEW YORK CITY AS MICHAEL COHEN NOW PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES THAT COULD PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS AND THREE MONTHS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE MUCH MORE ON ALL OF THIS ON YOUR LOCAL NEWS ON THIS CBS STATION. ALSO ON CBSN AND RIGHT HERE TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS. FOR THEN, JEFF GORE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. >>>FOUR NEWS, 24 HOURS A DAY, GO TO CBSNEWS.COM. ♪ ♪ >>>WE ARE GOING TO RECAP WHAT YOU JUST HEARD. PAUL MANAFORT HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON 8/18 COUNTS AGAINST HIM. THIS IS THE FIRST TRIAL VICTORY FOR THE ROBERT MUELLER INVESTIGATION. A JUDGE TO DECLARE A MISTRIAL ON 10 OF THE OTHER COUNTS. AGAIN, I WANT TO RECAP, MANAFORT WAS FOUND GUILTY ON ALL FIVE — TWO OF THE NINE BANK FRAUD CHARGES, AND ONE OF THE FOUR CHARGES RELATED TO FAILING TO DISCLOSE FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS. JOINING ME NOW IS CBS NEWS LEGAL ANALYST, RICKY KLEEMAN. THANK YOU FOR STICKING WITH US. THERE IS A LOT GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE THE PAUL MANAFORT VERDICT, BUT WE HAVE ALSO HEARD AT THE SAME TIME THAT MICHAEL COHEN HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO A POSSIBLE PLEA BARGAIN THAT INCLUDES A SENTENCE OF UP TO FIVE YEARS AND THREE MONTHS, THAT IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT, ISN’T IT? >>THERE IS NO QUESTION IT IS SIGNIFICANT. IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THEY COULD HAVE DONE WITH MICHAEL COHEN WHAT THE PROSECUTION DID WITH PAUL MANAFORT, WHICH IS TAKE EVERY SINGLE THING THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT MICHAEL COHEN HAS DONE WRONG, AND STACK THEM. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS THREE MONTHS. WHILE I SAY THAT, I WOULD NOT LIKE TO DO ONE DAY IN JAIL, LET ALONE A STATE PRISON, LET ALONE FIVE YEARS AND THREE MONTHS, BUT THAT APPEARS TO BE THE CEILING THAT THE PROSECUTION HAS RECOMMENDED, FIVE YEARS THREE MONTHS. SO, IT IS REALLY UP TO MICHAEL COHEN. IS HE GOING TO TOUGH IT OUT AND DO THE FIVE YEARS THREE MONTHS MINUS TIME FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR? OR, IS HE GOING TO MAKE A DECISION TODAY, TOMORROW, OR PERHAPS EVEN WHEN HE IS IN PRISON OF JUST SAYING — THIS LIFE IS NOT FOR ME, I THINK THAT I WILL COOPERATE FURTHER. IF I COOPERATE FURTHER, I GET SOME TIME OFF. >>SO, RICKY, AT RISK OF STATING THE OBVIOUS — I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT ROBERT MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION HAS BORNE SERIOUS FOR TODAY. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO READ A STATEMENT OF US SENATOR MARK WARNER WHO SAYS THIS VERDICT MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT THE ROBERT MUELLER PROBE IS NOT A WITCHHUNT, IT IS A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION THAT IS ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION AND RUSSIAN INFLUENCE ON OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. SO, RICKY, WILL TODAY’S VERDICT BE ENOUGH TO PUT TO BED THE CALLS OF THE INVESTIGATION BEING A WITCHHUNT? >>NO. I ASSUME THAT WE WILL HEAR FROM DONALD TRUMP, VIA TWITTER, IT IS NOT — IF NOT MOMENTARILY, CERTAINLY SOON. I THINK THAT WHAT YOU WILL FIND IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL SAY LOOK, IT IS ONE THING THAT HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TAX FRAUD COUNTS, THIS PRECEDED HIS TIME ON THE CAMPAIGN. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CAMPAIGN, OR COLLUSION, OR RUSSIA, AND THAT THE RUSSIA COLLUSION INVESTIGATION REMAINS A WITCHHUNT. WE WILL HEA THAT, NO DOUBT FROM THE PRESIDENT. WE WILL ALSO HEAR IT FROM HIS SURROGATES. I’M SURE THAT THIS EVENING WE WILL HEAR IT ON FOX NEWS. SO, WHEN YOU GET A VERDICT OF 8/18, YOU HAVE TO WINNERS INTO LOSERS IN THIS SITUATION, YOU HAVE THE GOVERNMENT SAYING — LOOK, WE CONVICTED HIM OF EIGHT COUNTS, IT IS ALL THE TAX CRIMES, IT IS ALSO THE BANK FRAUD COUNT, AND WE ARE DEALING WITH THE FACT OF THE LOANS THAT STARTED TO APPROACH THE TIME THAT HE WAS ON THE CAMPAIGN. AND, THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL SAY — WE WERE SUCCESSFUL, AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE THE ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR SURROGATES SAYING — NO, LOOK AT WHAT HE WAS CONVICTED OF? THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA. SO, BOTH SIDES ARE GOING TO CLAIM THEIR OWN KIND OF VICTORY. >>YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT PAUL MANAFORT AND THE DEFENSE HAVE AND COUNTING ON A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. IS THAT LIKELY TO COME HERE? ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE HERE AGAIN, YOU HAVE SEEN THE INDICTMENT, THE TAX FRAUD EVIDENCE IS PRETTY STRONG. WOULD IT SERVE THE PRESIDENT TO PARDON PAUL MANAFORT IN ANY WAY?>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT MAY FEEL THAT HE WANTS TO WAIT FOR THE WASHINGTON TRIAL, AND AT THE END OF THE TWO TRIALS, IF THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT ON PRESIDENTIAL POWER OF PARDON, THAT THE PRESIDENT MAY DECIDE AT A LATER DATE THAT HE WANTS TO PARDON PAUL MANAFORT. HE HAS TO ALSO ASSUME THAT HE WILL HAVE TO PAY — TAKE SOME POLITICAL FALLOUT AND PRAISE FOR THE DECISION. KEEP THIS IN MIND — IF THERE IS TAX FRAUD ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL BY VIRTUE OF THAT, THERE WAS ALSO TAX FRAUD AT THE STATE LEVEL. SO, IF THE STATE WANTS TO GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THE TAX FRAUD, OR THE STATE WANTS TO GO AHEAD AND LOOK AT IF THERE ARE STATE CRIMES INVOLVING ANY OF THESE TYPES OF CRIMES THAT WOULD NOT BE DOUBLE JEOPARDY. THE STATE, WHETHER IT IS VIRGINIA OR NEW YORK, COULD GO FORWARD AND LOOK AT ITS OWN CRIME. IF THAT HAPPENS, THE PRESIDENT CANNOT PARDON STATE CRIMES. THUS FAR, NO STATE HAS CHOSEN TO GO FORWARD AND CHARGE PAUL MANAFORT WITH A CRIME. THE PRESIDENT HAS CERTAINLY MADE ENOUGH NOISE IN HIS RECENT COMMENTARY ABOUT PAUL MANAFORT BEING A GOOD GUY. THAT THIS WHOLE THING IS A WITCHHUNT. THAT, EVEN WHEN ASKED IF HE WAS GOING TO PARDON PAUL MANAFORT, HE HAD SAID WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >>WRIGHT, BECAUSE HE IS ALSO — THERE ARE TIMES WHEN HE HAS DISTANCED HIMSELF AS WELL. HE SAID ALL THIS HAPPENED WAY BEFORE HE WAS WORKING FOR ME. SO, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN HE SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT HE WAS WASHING HIS HANDS OF PAUL MANAFORT AS WELL. >>YES. IN FACT, HE HAS ALSO DONE BOTH SIDES WITHIN THE SAME COMMENTARY. ANY OF THESE THINGS HE IS CHARGED WITH WERE BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN. HE REALLY WAS NOT WORKING ON THE CAMPAIGN VERY LONG, I DID NOT KNOW HIM VERY WELL. AND THEN IN THE NEXT BREATH SAYING — HE IS A GOOD GUY, AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS TERRIBLE. >>SO, IT IS UNCLEAR. >>TO SAY THE LEAST. >>RICKY, REAL QUICK — 8 GUILTY VERDICTS, ANY SENSE OF WHAT KIND OF SENTENCE THAT WILL BRING IF HE DOES NOT RECEIVE A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON? >>I CANNOT SAY THAT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AND SPECULATION. BUT, WE HAVE HEARD IN THE PAST THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS INTENT ON RECOMMENDING 8-10 YEARS. THAT MAY BE WITH THE 18. WE DO NOT KNOW IF THEY WILL FEEL THE SAME ABOUT 8. RICKY KLEEMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK NOW. MUCH MORE ON THIS NEXT ON RED AND BLUE.

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  1. Ooops! One of those was bank fraud. This has much to do with what he was hired to do. Remember that the GOP hired him while he was on bail. Yeppers "the best" strike again. 😂

  2. Colin kaepernick can start getting ready to stop kneeling. Justice is being served on the top 1 percent. Now let work on getting ride of bad cops and become better citizens

  3. wow libs and dems, for onnce you are happy. it's your court and your jury. why is it about Trump? Trump got sentenced? you won?! you are owning up to a win because it's been a looooong while.

  4. How could this be a Robert Mueller conviction when he gave it away because he knew he couldn't get nothing on him with that especially that pertain to Donald Trump

  5. THANKS FAKE NEWS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CRIMINAL ENABLERS. THANKS MARXIST DEMOCRAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ENABLERS. MOLLIE WAS MURDERED BY ANOTHER ILLEGAL ALIEN AND HER BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS. MOLLIE WAS SOMEONES CHILD TOO !! GOD FORGIVE YOU EVIL PEOPLE ! 🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭

  6. A big day for the Coup attempt against Trump. Weapons for drugs sales people are happy. See; Operation Cassandra.

  7. Aren't most all Highly wealthy people frauds anyhow? I mean past a working job(s), laws seem to be setup for legal fraud…or so it seems idk!

  8. This has nothing to do with Trump colluding with the Russians. This appears, more and more, to be just a political hit and an epic disaster by the libtards. LMFAO

  9. Robert Mueller is "Making America Great Again". Lock them all up.. Trump will regret getting into politics, I know all his friends and cronies will…

  10. Millions of tax payers spent on special council to investigate Russian collusion just to find someone guilty of tax evasion.
    All the while mueller guilty of wasting tax payers money. Have a strong feeling the total cost to the tax payer of this investigation far outweighs the amount of taxes evaded on Manafort's end.
    Guess the gov only cares about tax dollars when they're not receiving them but has no problem wasting the money they take in. The irony and of course, it's We The People that get the short end of the stick.

  11. CBS, a well-known leftist propaganda organization, continues to divert attention from their co-conspirators treasonous acts against America and all three people. This man’s White collar crime had previously been investigated by the FBI who subsequently close the file. The abuse of power by the witch hunters and covered up by this so-called news organization, ignores the obvious abuse of power, the double standard Want us to believe this is just us? This is pure political hatred on display without regard to the resulting hatred, violence, diversion and discord created by this type of biased hate filled so called reporting.

  12. If you throw sand of course some grains will stick. Shouldn’t have the IRS took action to bring him to justice not Mueller?

  13. Why are they digging up crap that is 10 or 12 years old? Whatever happened to statute of limitations. Is this how fickle our country has become? Total witch hunt.

  14. That's what happens when your defense lawyer decides not to put up a defense.
    Lurking suspicion: Trump already promised a pardon in response to this being such a "witchhunt." Manafort's lawyers knew this and didn't want to waste time or make it a bigger spectacle with a fight.

  15. I'm so glad all these people love justice so much cause it's coming down. NSA has it all. They have all the server's. They have ever phone message. Every text. Every key stroke on any computer. 70% OF government is guilty. Don't believe any thing they say, check it out for yourself. 45000 sealed indictments. The world as you perceive it is ALL about to change. This not about bragging rights as a football game. This is the future of the World. Careful who you believe "LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC " Death to the DEEP STATE. Death to the New world order.

  16. YAH!!! Guarentee if you committed tax fraud for a lousy $15,000 – they'd through you in jail, nevermind $16M Let's face it all Trumps trusted friends are bent just like him

  17. Come on, folks…"but it's all working out and just remember what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening"…is this verdict considered fake news?

  18. Trump seems to have a problem recognizing criminals that he hires to work for him. He seem to be a swamp all by himself.

  19. Imagine you eat in the best restaurants, wear the most expensive suits, the finest leather shoes even an ostrich jacket! NOW all that is gone! I wonder if Manafort is allowed to have ties, shoelaces & belts in his cell! He could be tempted! If he had stayed away from a bigger con man Trump, he would still be living his luxury life!

  20. wow, the news anchor smiles with satisfaction as she breaks the news. a far cry from when the election results started coming in.

  21. There is a wise saying .. Enjoyment passes away while consequences remain. I believe same happened here.. you did what you did, rolled in money, thought it would fun and games but eventually the consequences of what you did wrong led you here .

  22. So if I have a good friend who becomes `President then I can break the law, rip off the government and get pardoned? What a crazy world we live in

  23. what a crock of nonesense ———-this is ALL staged and by design………..WAKE UP!!!!……………..ALL NEWS IS SCRIPTED…….ALL OF IT!!!!!……………………….TRUMP ISNT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN…………HE IS THERE TO FULFIL SCRIPTURES AND WILL BE DESTROYING AMERICA……………….ITS GOING DOWN – AFTERALL ITS ALL OVER THE M AMERICAN DOLLAR BILL – JUST LIKE 9/11 – PENTAGON (SUPPOSED) BOMBING AND THE EDWARD P MOORE BUILDING………………NUCLEAR DEVASTATION COMING SOON!!!!…………………..do some research if you think am joking!!!…………………………………TIME FOR REPENTANCE AND TO TURN BACK TO GOD…………….everything thats going on in the world today is IN that book that not many want to read…………well, thats the only truth there really is as everything you ever been told it a LIE!!!!!!!!.

  24. No worries. After the hammer hits the charged plug on the bomb of corruption in muellars life and the previous admin dirty doings……..oh ho ho oh stand back , far back!

  25. Lol nothing to do with what the mullers investigation actually us for .it's guilt that all campaigns have hillirag and Charity's bill and the same Charity's all run the same.yet again all we witbess is going threw with a fine comb trying to find anything but collution with Russia cause Muller knows there never was.
    Muller spent like 20 million to intervene in what the Dojs job is actually for .tax evasion.

  26. Don't get. Confused none are connected to Trump at all.
    The dojs job is to try tax evasion .
    Why have we paid muller 20 million taxpayer money to do the job we already paid for in the doj.
    It's got nothing to with why Muller is running the hearing .

  27. Talk about KARMIC FOREBODING!
    On the same day that Paul Manafort got indicted and that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to felonies while implicating Trump, I woke up with an old familiar tune replaying itself in my mind…
    "…I 've got this feeling, that TODAY's the DAY… I've got this feeling, that TODAY's the DAY!"
    HaHaHaHa!

  28. it would be interesting to "DISCOVER" what the democrat justice system "PROMISED" manafort to cave, and to attempt to Use manaforts activities before the US election! to SLAG the President Trump , in a whisper thin attempt to lien an circumstantial type of evidence towards an impeachment try????????????????????

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