That changed on Friday when Paul Manafort - perhaps the most important witness yet - struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and promised to offer evidence in his investigation into Russian collusion into the last USA election in return for avoiding a second trial that could have exposed him to more prison time.
The White House issued a statement Friday that said the charges against Paul Manafort are unrelated to Mr. Trump's election victory. Manafort should have cooperated before he was found guilty and Trump should have pardoned Manafort before the former campaign chairman agreed to cooperate, Dershowitz said. Manafort attended the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner created to get "dirt" on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
He continued, "In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones".
But Manafort has reversed course after being convicted of eight federal fraud charges in his first trial. Trump had saluted that stance, publicly praising him and suggesting Manafort had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.
Eisen is joined by a number of others who are predicting that Manafort's turn could be disastrous for Donald Trump.
Pramila Jayapal said people want a check on the president.
He also expressed very little confidence that Mueller would find any evidence of collusion.
"The decision by Manafort to provide evidence in exchange for leniency on sentencing is a stunning development in the long-running probe into whether any Trump associates may have conspired with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election", reported The Washington Post. His Brooklyn brownstone will be gone, too, and his condo in Trump Tower in Manhattan.
But the guilty plea spares Manafort the cost of a weekslong trial that could have added years to the prison time he's already facing following the Virginia guilty verdicts.
Instead, they derived from his work for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party between about 2005 and 2014. Together, the properties are estimated to be worth a combined $21.7 million.
In 2013, one of the politicians and his country's prime minister met with then-President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.
Another allegation revealed Friday concerns Manafort's efforts to peddle stories to discredit Yanukovych's opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, and undermine USA government support for her. "Bada bing bada boom", Manafort wrote to a colleague, prosecutors say.