Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano predicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will hold fast and not turn against President Donald Trump, because he has nothing to offer special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“Rick Gates was Paul Manafort’s business partner for 15 years. And he was the deputy campaign manager for President Trump during the summer of 2016, when the meeting happened with the Russians,” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday. (RELATED: Judge Napolitano Tells Trump Not To Plead The Fifth With Mueller)
“This shows how the government can use witnesses who flip, by providing them with information in secret,” he continued. “By telling this stuff to the grand jury but by not putting him on the witness stand because it may open up a can of worms. This may force Manafort’s lawyers to put Gates on the witness stand, if they want to say, ‘You’re the guy who pulled all these tricks against the IRS.'”
Napolitano said Manafort has been stuck in solitary confinement for months and would have already broken if he had any information he could trade with the prosecution.
“Manafort has basically said through his lawyers, ‘You guys have indicted me three times. I got two trials. I’ve been living in solitary confinement for two months. Nothing will break me because I have nothing to give you,'” he concluded. “That’s the message that we’re getting this week.”
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