What would a Paul Manafort guilty plea mean? After news broke that the prosecution was close to reaching a deal with Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin appeared with host Wolf Blitzer to discuss the development.
Manafort is looking at “a disaster scenario,” Toobin said, and that likely means he’d need to flip on Trump.
“Cooperation is usually the case,” said Toobin. “And, frankly, given Manafort’s lack of leverage, prosecutors would insist on it.”
Today’s meeting between Manafort and prosecutors, where a near-deal was apparently struck, may have been a “proffer session” where Manafort told the prosecution “what he would say” if he cooperated.
Toobin said Manafort’s first trial was a “slam dunk”and he was “puzzled” by why Manafort did not plea out sooner.
“It may be that he was hoping for a pardon, it may be that he’s afraid of what his Russian friends would think of him if he pleads guilty,” Toobin said.
Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.
"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."
CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt
The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.
On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."
According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.
CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"