Justice Department ex-servicemen are flummoxed that advocates representing Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, are still in contact with Trump’s solicitors following Manafort’s guilty request. “It is absolutely not ordinary for a convicted felon and now cooperator to continue to loop-the-loop in a possible target’s advocates on the relationship with the public prosecutor, ” one former DOJ attorney said. “There hasnt” official guideline that bars advocates for different areas of an investigation from communicating with one another, but such communications could severely undermine, or even cistern, a cooperation slew. By staying in touch with Trump’s team while collaborating, professionals said Manafort could be trying to keep all his alternatives open, including angling for a potential presidential reprieve.
As Paul Manafort reigns headlines this week, DOJ veterans say there’s one great question they want an answer to: Why is Manafort’s legal team still connected to solicitors representing President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation?
Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy and blockage indicts and has since been cooperating with the special counsel.See the rest of the tale at Business Insider
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