Congressman Sean Duffy calls Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, 'sleazy'

Congressman Sean Duffy calls Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, 'sleazy'

Being "associated" with President Donald Trump is "the biggest crime you can commit in America today" amid the Russian Federation probe and the targeting of Trump's businesses, Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz warned Monday on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends". He said the discussion happened before Manafort's conviction last week on tax and bank fraud charges.

In other words, Mariotti's suggestion here assumes that Manafort simply wanted to avoid a second trial on the charges against him without cooperating.

Feeling abandoned by Trump and in dire financial straits, the man who once famously declared that he would "take a bullet" for Trump now is pledging loyalty to his own family and actively seeking to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "I think we're going to have to look at that evidence in its totality as we learn and we get a report ultimately from Bob Mueller about what the consequences of all that are".

Weisselberg and Donald Trump Jr. serve as the two trustees of the Trump Organization, giving him access to Trump's finances.

The July 27 story, written by Bernstein of Watergate fame, CNN staffer Jim Sciutto, a former official in the Barack Obama administration, and Marshall Cohen, claimed President Trump knew about a meeting in Trump Tower in which a Russian woman said she would deliver negative campaign research on Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, reports emerged that Trump Organization Chief Finance Officer Allen Weisselberg was also granted immunity in the probe. Cohen also admitted to arranging a $150,000 payment through American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, which purchased yet did not publish former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story alleging an affair with Trump before the election.

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As to Dershowitz's reference to the president's constitutional protections in the Mueller probe, the special counsel wants to speak to Trump about obstruction of justice, sources have told ABC News.

Dershowitz said Trump's lawyers should focus more on the SDNY than Mueller.

Dershowitz, an informal Trump adviser, said in an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" that the expanding probe by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY could spell the greatest peril for Trump because of the lack of constitutional protections for the president at that level.

Cohen said the payment was made for the "principal objective of influencing [the 2016] election". "And they're looking very, very hard", Dershowitz said. It is the Al Capone approach. If they can target president Trump, they can target you, they can target anyone.

It's having some sort of tie with President Trump. If we can't get them on grounds we would like to get them on, let's go after them on taxes, go after them on business.

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