Paul Manafort may be headed back in jail tonight, as he faces new charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.
Manafort and an alleged Russian intelligence asset, Konstantin Kilimnik, have both been charged. Manafort has maintained his innocence even after his business partner, Rick Gates, flipped.
CNN analyst Phil Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, says Manafort is now more likely to also flip.
“I’ll double-down on what I’ve said to you before: I cannot believe Manafort is ever going to go into a court with these charges,” he said. “We had charges before in the indictment that I thought were significant and now you add years on to that previous indictment and you say he has to sit down and flip at some point.”
Manafort showed his desperation by allegedly trying to collude with other witnesses, Mudd said, bringing him even closer to eventually flipping.
“This guy walks into a courtroom and said, ‘prove that I’m guilty. I never did anything wrong’ and he puts out a statement—a public statement after Gates flips and says he will prove his innocence. And then, in the wake of that, he’s got to go and do something that’s incredibly stupid, reach out to potential witnesses, knowing that he’s being assessed by the FBI, and try to persuade them to say he’s not guilty. Sounds guilty to me, Jake.”
Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."