Report: Six Of Trump’s Campaign Advisers Have Been Imprisoned Or Will Be Soon
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s 448-page report investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election began in 2017 and quickly discovered possible crimes committed by several of Trump’s advisers; six have been imprisoned or will be soon, according to The Washington Post.
Mueller’s report suggested that the president’s associates’ testimonies were influenced by the open possibility of presidential pardons for those who didn’t cooperate with federal prosecutors.
Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Adviser, was the first to feel the pressure. He stepped down after lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador in February 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI on Dec. 1, 2017.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, were next. They were charged in October 2017 with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and other crimes related to their work as political consultants in Ukraine before joining Trump’s team. Gates, who later assisted the government, will serve 45 days.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal counsel, submitted written testimony that included key falsehoods about negotiations for the Moscow Trump Tower. He later admitted that his statement was reviewed by Trump’s lawyers before its submission.
On Aug. 21, 2018, Manafort was found guilty on eight felony counts, which increased the pressure on him to cooperate with federal investigators in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence, originally set at 7 and a half years.
Soon after, Cohen pleaded guilty to bank and tax fraud, as well as campaign finance violations related to hush payments to Stormy Daniels and another woman. Cohen will serve a 3-year prison sentence.
Other former Trump advisers include former policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who lied to the FBI and served 12 days in prison under a plea deal. Roger Stone, a Trump confidant, was convicted of lying, obstruction, and witness tampering.