The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is making big waves in the Russia-collusion case, asserts Jill Filipovic of CNN. Crucially, Rick Gates, who worked with Manafort for Trump, has now shared details of both them men engaging in various fraudulent activities and having ties to the Russian government. Threatened with the prospect of jail time, Gates has revealed the two men’s illegal behavior, leaving little doubt over Manafort’s guilt. This isn’t looking good for Trump, as he tries to dispel rumors that his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 US election. Manafort’s trial gives the Russia investigation legitimacy.
Paul Manafort’s trial is the product of a politically-motivated campaign to undermine President Trump, infers Stephen B. Presser of American Greatness. Robert Mueller’s investigation was built on unreliable information put together by highly partisan members of the Obama administration. The goal of prosecuting Manafort was always to get to Trump. While he is being charged with 32 offenses, none of them had anything to do with Trump or his campaign. The tactics used to get him to share incriminating evidence about the president are highly questionable. This is bad for American justice as it risks undoing essential personal rights.