Paul Manafort met with Robert Mueller's team: report

Manafort is meeting with Mueller's team to cooperate with the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 2, 2018 3:38PM (EDT)

Paul Manafort (Getty/Alex Wong)
Paul Manafort (Getty/Alex Wong)

Paul Manafort, the disgraced former campaign chairman for Donald Trump who was convicted on eight counts of fraud in August, met with Robert Mueller's office on Monday as part of his cooperation agreement, according to Politico.

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It is unclear what exactly Manafort will discuss with Mueller's team. After the initial plea hearing, a source close to Manafort said that "the cooperation agreement does not involve the Trump campaign. ... There was no collusion with Russia," according to a piece by Politico in September. However, the plea agreement that was accepted by the Mueller team and Manafort team said that the former political adviser "shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Government in any and all matters to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant."

One of the reasons for concern about Manafort's involvement in Trump's campaign was that he had spent many years as a close adviser to Viktor Yanukovych, the former prime minister of Ukraine who was widely believed to be a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to The Washington Post. The Post also included this sobering anecdote about the amount of power that Manafort wielded in the pro-Russia Ukraine of Yanukovych:

Manafort persuaded the Ukrainian government to change its grain policies in a way that benefited a U.S. agribusiness giant, and to consider deals with Exxon and Chevron for oil exploration. He also got involved in some lucrative side deals with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, but many of them fizzled, and some of the actors he worked with are under scrutiny by U.S. investigators.


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. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), 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), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, 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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