The reason why Trump was freaking out on Twitter on Saturday is that US investigators are trying to flip Paul Manafort and get him to tell them everything he knows about Trump and Russia.
U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.
Between 2006 and 2013, Manafort bought three New York properties, including one in Trump Tower in Manhattan. He paid for them in full and later took out mortgages against them. A former senior U.S. law enforcement official said that tactic is often used as a means to hide the origin of funds gained illegally. Reuters has no independent evidence that Manafort did this.
The sources also did not say whether Mueller has uncovered any evidence to charge Manafort with money laundering, but they said doing so is seen by investigators as critical in getting his full cooperation in their investigation.
If investigators are trying to flip Paul Manafort, it would explain Trump’s panicked Saturday morning tweets where he confessed to crimes, claimed that he has unlimited pardon power, and tried to change the subject to Hillary Clinton.
We’ve seen this behavior out of Trump before. The President is obsessed with the Russia scandal, and when news was breaking almost daily about Mike Flynn, Trump would fire off a barrage of progressively more unhinged tweets.
Donald Trump is freaking out because investigators are getting closer to putting the pieces together. Trump has tried to keep his financial dealings hidden from the public, but judging from his behavior, the key to unlocking the Russia scandal probably can be found in his financial records.
If Manafort flips, Trump could be in serious legal trouble.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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