On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and special guest Professor David Sklansky discuss the first shoe to drop from the Mueller investigation: the indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos.
We begin [at 2:00] by describing the legal charges and the key factual takeaways from the charging documents. We're then [at 11:00] joined by Stanford Law Professor and former federal prosecutor David Sklansky to go in-depth on several key issues. We talk with David about the timing of the indictment and the guilty plea, whether Papadopoulos may have been an undercover cooperator, whether Manafort has any viable defenses or could plead guilty, and whether Mueller's job may be in jeopardy at some point down the road. Finally, Charlie and Jason resume their analysis [at 27:10] with a deep-cuts discussion of what these charges say about pretexutal prosecutions, and why Manafort is on house arrest while awaiting trial but many low-levels offenders around the country are not.