Observers of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were stunned Monday night when new court documents revealed that prosecutors have determined that former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort has breached his plea deal by lying to the FBI.
Without the protection of the agreement, Manafort is subject to being sentenced to the longest possible jail term for his crimes. He is unable to withdraw his guilty pleas even if the prosecutors recommend no leniency.
“I don’t know exactly how to phrase this question, but how frickin’ stupid is this guy?” said CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday night of Manafort.
“Very fricking stupid,” responded legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “To get a cooperation agreement and the chance for a lower sentence was very important to him. Especially since he’s 70 years old. To throw that away, to throw that benefit away, by continuing to lie to the special counsel’s office is incredibly reckless and self-defeating.”
They noted, however, that Manafort’s lawyers maintain that he has not lied.
Political analyst David Gergen, in contrast to Toobin and Cooper, had a different view.
“Paul Manafort is not stupid,” he said. “I would assume that if he’s lying, he’s doing it because there is something very big he’s trying to hide from the prosecutors. Very big. We don’t know what that is, at least we don’t on the outside here. But I would also assume that, while his chances of going to jail for a much longer time have definitely gone up, it is also possible that his chances of getting a pardon have also gone up, if he’s doing something to serve the interests of those around the president.” Watch the clip below:
“Jeff, I don’t know exactly how to phrase this question, but how frickin’ stupid is this guy?” – @andersoncooper
“Very freaking stupid.” – @JeffreyToobin
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 27, 2018
Italy’s COVID-19 death toll tops 10,000 despite long coronavirus lockdown
The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown.
The 889 new fatalities reported in the world's worst-hit nation came a day after it registered 969 deaths on Friday -- the highest single toll since the COVID-19 virus emerged late last year.
Italy now looks certain to extend its economically debilitating -- and emotionally stressful -- business closures and the ban on public gatherings past their April 3 deadline.
"Is it time to reopen the country? I think we have to think about it really carefully," civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.
Joe Biden has one key coronavirus question he wants answered: ‘Where are the tests, Mr. President?’
Despite the inability to hold campaign rallies, the 2020 presidential campaign is continuing in spite of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
With the response to coronavirus being the top public policy discussion in America, all eyes are focused on President Donald Trump's actions.
Trump had promised the nation that he would set up COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in the parking lots of big-box retailers but has so far failed to deliver.
Banks are causing a cash crisis by tightening lending standards during coronavirus crisis
Major banks in America are tightening access to credit as coronavirus shutdowns put households across America in dire financial shape, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
"Banks and financial-technology firms are starting to toughen their approval standards for new loans to consumers and small businesses. That means many people could find it hard to get credit just when they most need it, as the novel coronavirus pandemic puts thousands out of work," the newspaper reported.