Alan Dershowitz: Manafort’s Plea Deal Should Worry Trump, White House

Mike Brest | Reporter

Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the White House should be worried about former campaign chair Paul Manafort’s plea deal with the special counsel during an appearance on MSNBC Friday afternoon.

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When asked if the White House should be concerned about Manafort, Dershowitz said, “Of course they should be.”

“He’s pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice — to lying. He’s changed the story repeatedly. But what they’re looking for is self-corroborating information that can be used against Trump. Look this validates what Judge Ellis said on day one. Judge Ellis said, ‘They’re not interested so much in Manafort for Manafort,'” he continued. (RELATED: Manafort ‘Cooperating’ With Mueller After Plea Deal)

 Manafort reportedly struck a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this week. This comes just weeks after he was found guilty on eight counts of tax evasions and bank fraud by a federal jury in Virginia. (RELATED: Manafort To Plead Guilty As Result Of Plea Deal With Mueller: Report)

Dershowitz added, “Obviously he’s committed crimes, but they are interested in him primarily to see if they can, and this is him talking, Judge Ellis, if they can make him sing … then there’s also the possibility of him composing, elaborating on the story.”

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