Former independent counsel Ken Starr, who led the 1998 investigation into former President Clinton, said on Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and agreement to cooperate in the Russia probe is a “great triumph” for special counsel Robert Mueller.
“We don’t know what Paul Manafort knows, but it’s obviously a great triumph for Bob Mueller,” Starr told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
“The last thing I think he [Manafort] and his team wanted to do is have yet another trial, and so they’ve saved resources and the like,” he continued.
“They got his full cooperation. I loved the adverbs that were used in the cooperation agreement. ‘Fully,’ ‘cooperative,’ ‘truthful.’ It is we want the truth and nothing but the truth.”
As part of his deal, Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering and agreed to forfeit several properties and bank accounts, including his property at Trump Tower in New York.
The agreement states that Manafort must cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” with the Mueller probe.
The Hill added:
Manafort could face between 17 to 22 years in prison for the crimes and fines of $40,000 to $400,000.
A jury in a separate trial in Alexandria, Va., last month convicted Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges.