Ken Starr: Manafort plea means 'we're much closer to getting the truth'

Jan Cross
September 17, 2018

Long was being interviewed in large part over FEMA efforts with Hurricane Florence, but the topic shifted to Hurricane Maria and President Trump's accusations that the 2,975 deaths reported by the Puerto Rico government were inflated by Democrats to make the president look bad. There were multiple people on the Trump campaign who had contacts with Russians during the campaign and who may have been entry points for a Russian attempt to develop a cooperative relationship.

The frequent Trump defender then suggested Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is ignoring the harsh reality of Manafort's guilt plea.

Only a few weeks ago President Donald Trump was praising Paul Manafort for his fortitude in standing up to special prosecutors.

Trump's former national security adviser, a retired general who had led the Defense Intelligence Agency, was the first White House official charged in Mueller's probe.

Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, echoed Trump's statements disputing the death toll in Puerto Rico past year on Meet The Press today, going so far as to claim some of the hurricane-related deaths may be incidents of "spousal abuse". Mr Giuliani had floated the possibility of a pardon.

But on Friday he pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, which could carry sentences of up to five years - although that will now depend on his level of co-operation.

Manafort, who worked for the Trump campaign for almost six months in the middle of 2016, was already convicted in a separate jury trial on eight counts related to financial fraud in August.

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Jean is a bad guy because he had some marijuana in his apartment, but it could help add some explanation to this insane case". Still, Jean's mother condemned the release of the information about drugs in her son's apartment. "My son's life mattered".

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Bottom line is if we made mistakes on the way a program was run then we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected. Since he took control of FEMA a year ago , Long has allegedly been using a government driver to take him home.

It's not clear what is left for that "good life", but presumably the family wasn't stripped of all earthly goods. "He's accepted responsibility. This is for conduct that dates back many years and everybody should remember that", Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said outside court.

Facing a second trial in weeks on a new set of charges related to his work in Ukraine, Manafort chose to accept a guilty plea that also requires him to work with investigators.

"Manafort is a Sherpa for the key moments", former White House ethics chief Norm Eisen said Sunday on ABC. "Whether those expectations will be met is the great unknown".

He was also a close business associate of a man who US intelligence believes has ties to Russian intelligence.

Manafort agreed to provide any information asked of him, testify whenever asked and even work undercover if necessary.

The 69-year-old Manafort said he would turn over to the government the five properties in NY, including an apartment in Trump Tower, as well as the contents of three bank accounts and his life insurance policy. While he was working on the campaign, emails show Manafort discussed providing private briefings for a wealthy Russian businessman close to Vladimir Putin.

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