Paul Manafort turning himself in to the FBI points towards Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reaching a decisive point, holds Paul Callan of CNN. With a 12-count indictment against him, including conspiracy against the US and other related charges, the former Trump campaign manager is in up to his neck. Particularly his relation to the current U.S. president as well as foreign governments gives recent rumors of collusion with Russia more weight. The charges that are now being discussed involve coverups, rather than crimes themselves, which mean Manafort and others could see jail without the original crime needing to be proven.
The weight of charges against Paul Manafort and others that worked with the Trump campaign are largely overblown in the media, believes Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. While it is possible that Manafort took money from Ukrainian politicians, his behavior was not necessarily illegal. The allegations that he and others acted as foreign agents are hardly iron-tight. Proving things, such as him knowing that the money was illegal, will be very hard to do in court. Additionally, none of the charges lead to President Trump directly, giving him a good case for his ‘witch hunt’ theory. This story’s weight has been exaggerated by liberal newspapers.