Manafort won't flip on Trump because he's 'afraid of Russian poison': former Hillary Clinton aide
Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (mugshot)

As the list of Donald Trump confidantes who have cut immunity deals with prosecutors continues to grow, Paul Manafort's lack of cooperation with prosecutors stands out as peculiar.


Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 campaign, was found guilty of eight federal fraud charges on Tuesday. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to decide if Manafort will be retried on the 10 charges where the jury could not reach consensus. Manafort's second trial, in Washington, DC, is scheduled for September.

"What did you take away from that first trial as you look ahead to the next one?" MSNBC anchor David Gura asked Zerlina Maxwell, senior director of progressive programming at SeriusXM. "What does that tell you about the special counsel?"

"Now that we've heard from one of the jurors, who was on Fox News after the verdict came out, who said that essentially he was going to be convicted on all 18 counts and there was one holdout, so that to me means that he's in bad shape going into the D.C. trial because the prosecutors will learn from the experience in the Virginia trial and try to adjust their strategy," Zerlina Maxwell replied.

"So I think we should look to whether Manafort is going to make a deal," she continued. "I don't know, maybe he's old school and doesn't snitch."

"Old school -- he's afraid of Russian poisoning," former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines interrupted.

"Or that," Maxwell replied. "One or the other."

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