Paul Manafort has been indicted, and Donald Trump is reacting

Paul Manafort feels the weight of the law

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 30, 2017 8:15AM (EDT)

Paul Manafort (Getty Images)
Paul Manafort (Getty Images)

Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was told to surrender to authorities on Monday in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller III's ongoing investigation into the Russia scandal.

Manafort and his former business associate, Rick Gates, were informed that the Mueller probe was going to press charges against them, according to The New York Times. By Monday morning, Manafort was seen leaving his Alexandria, Virginia apartment at 7:38 a.m. in the passenger seat of a Toyota Sequoia.

The news of the charges against Manafort occurred days after one of the White House lawyers representing Trump insisted that they were not worried about special counsel Robert Mueller III's impending wave of indictments.

"The president has no concerns in terms of any impact, as to what happens to them, on his campaign or on the White House," Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer, told a New York Times podcast on Thursday.

Cobb added, "He likes and respects Mr. Manafort and appreciates the work he did for him during the three months he was with the campaign. He likes General Flynn personally, but understands that they have their own path with the special counsel. I think he would be sad for them, as a friend and a former colleague, if the process results in punishment or indictments. But to the extent that that happens, that’s beyond his control."

Cobb's reassurances did not seem to be reflected in Trump's own tweeting, which took an aggressive turn on Sunday and Monday.

There is considerable trepidation in Washington over who will be the targets of Mueller's indictments, according to CNN. For one thing, the question over who Mueller targets will determine whether the Trump-Russia scandal remains one that Republicans can continue characterizing as a strictly partisan issue or whether it becomes a genuine crisis, one that cannot be waved away by bringing up accusations about Hillary Clinton. What's more, if Mueller's indictments wind up ensnaring the White House, they could make it more difficult for the Republicans to score a politically necessary legislative win by passing tax reform.

[UPDATE 9:07 a.m.]: The charges against Manafort include 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. His diverse interests are reflected in his interview, including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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