Two Former Federal Prosecutors Analyze Manafort Indictment: Just Security’s Mariotti and Whiting

On Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, Jr. (word-searchable full text). The indictment involves 12 charges, including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false foreign registration statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

Separately, former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea was unsealed, showing that he pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal FBI investigators regarding March and April 2016 meetings with a Kremlin-connected Russian professor who claimed to have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton (word-searchable full text).

Many legal analysts took to Twitter to share their first thoughts on the situation.

Just Security Editorial Board member Renato Mariotti broke down the legal landscape of the charges against Manafort and Gates:

Likewise, Just Security Editorial Board member Alex Whiting took a look at the potential strategic and future implications of the Manafort-Gates charges:

As the news emerged, Renato also gave his take on Trump advisor George Padadopoulos decision to plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI:

Renato added:

And authored an addendum addressing his conclusion that Papadopoulos flipped:

 

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Artin Afkhami

Associate Editor at Just Security You can follow him on Twitter (@artinafkhami).