Manafort: I Would Never Flip on the President As Long As Mueller and I Can’t Work Out a Deal

Manafort: Code of Honor

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort says he has no intention of flipping on the president the way former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen did as long as he and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are unable to come up with a plea deal. “The president knows he can count on me to stand firm up until the moment I strike a deal to get a softer sentence in exchange for telling Mueller what I know about Trump’s relationship with Russia,” Manafort said today.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud two weeks ago in federal court for trying to hide tens of millions of dollars in foreign income. He faces a second trial in about a month related to his failure to disclose his work on behalf of foreign leaders, including the one-time leader of Ukraine, Vicktor Yanukovych.

Cohen: ‘Let’s make a deal!’

Trump praised Manafort after his fraud convictions for holding firm instead of taking a plea deal. “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family,” Trump said in a tweet. “Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’—make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!”

Manafort said he has no intention of caving until Mueller lets him know what kind of information he wants in exchange for a more lenient sentence after he’s found guilty. “Does he want to know about the back channel with Russia I helped set up?” Manafort said. “Does he want to know about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with the Russian lawyer? Until Mueller tells me what he wants, I have no intention of flipping on the president and increasing his legal peril.”

Manafort said there are some people who flip right away but he would never do that. “I believe in a code of silence,” he said. “I will never squeal on someone, particularly the president, until we get the plea deal right. I guess that’s what separates me from petty crooks. I believe in a code of honor that’s never to be broken until you get the deal right.”

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