Two Guilty Men

There was breaking news today out of Alexandria Virginia, Paul Manafort was found guilt on 8 of the 18 counts of his criminal trial. The jury came to Judge Ellis this morning and requested information on what would happen if they could not come to a consensus on a particular count against Manafort. Later this afternoon the jury returned with a guilty verdict on eight counts related to bank and tax fraud. On the other ten counts of financial crimes Judge Ellis declared a mistrial. The government now has until August 29th to decide whether or not they will attempt to retry the ten counts which were declared a mistrial. Manafort still has to face a trial in the District of Columbia this fall.

Michael Cohen appeared in a New York court today where he plead guilty to eight criminal counts which included two violations of campaign-finance laws. Cohen admitted he paid $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels a month prior to the 2016 presidential election. Additionally Cohen stated under oath that he acted under the direction of a “candidate” he was representing at the time. Cohen’s guilty plea comes after news this morning which suggested that he had struck a deal with prosecutors, a deal which would exempt Cohen from cooperating in any other case that may be brought.

For more information and a detailed analysis of this breaking news, listen to today’s episode of Backroom Politics where our table discusses the news as it breaks in real time.