The special counsel's Friday superseding information against Paul Manafort is packed with new specifics about his lucrative work as an unregistered foreign lobbyist for Ukraine.
According to Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of the post-Soviet Republic of Georgia, Kremlin-linked operatives began hiring Manafort and his associates to push their agenda in the former Soviet Union around a decade ago.
A Virginia jury convicted Manafort last month on bank and tax fraud charges. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road.
"This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the Manafort news on Friday.
A White House spokeswoman quickly sought to distance Trump from the plea deal, saying Manafort's admission of guilt was "totally unrelated" to Trump. The president, who continues to denounce the Mueller probe as a partisan "witch hunt", is increasingly isolated. The deal went south and Deripaska has since sued Manafort.
And Manafort could conceivably fill Mueller in on that, if it happened. His plea in December to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation requires Flynn to cooperate with prosecutors.
Manafort could eventually be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison as a part of the deal, and will forfeit four real estate properties worth millions of dollars, as well as bank accounts and a life insurance policy.
"I believe it's fair to say that's probably the longest and most detailed summary that ever preceded this question, but is what the prosecutor said a true and accurate description of what you did in this case?"
He's not necessarily being convicted for election interference, but he has agreed to provide full cooperation to the special counsel leading the investigation. Nothing linking President Trump personally to any criminal acts surfaced during the first Manafort trial in Virginia.
Which leads to questions about a possible pardon for Manafort. Giuliani said he spoke to Trump on Friday about Manafort's plea.More news: Apple's iOS12 Releases Today: What You Need To Know
"If Manafort is willing to give Mueller information about Trump's contacts with Russian Federation, whether the contacts were direct or indirect, then this really is a disaster for Trump and his associates".
Protester Bill Christeson holds up a sign saying "guilty" as the first count of guilty comes in at the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on August 21.
"This was a very bad day for the Trump Administration".
Stone never was a formal part of the Trump campaign in 2016, but he is a regular adviser of Trump's and he was in with WikiLeaks, which distributed the embarrassing information about Democrats and other targets of Russian cyberattacks. Moscow denies USA intelligence agency allegations that it interfered in the political process.
But Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Giuliani is putting a positive spin on "bad" situation for President Trump. And he was a Trump insider before and during the pivotal Trump Tower meeting set up to get dirt promised by Russians on Hillary Clinton.
The president Tuesday called the outcome a "disgrace" and said the case "has nothing to do with Russian Federation collusion".
Whether Manafort ultimately implicates the president remains to be seen. He was primarily involved with a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, according to the documents.
Trump has the power to issue a presidential pardon for Manafort on federal charges. Asked last week if he was anxious about going to prison, the president's loyal son said: "I'm not because I know what I did, and I'm not anxious about any of that".
"I'm surprised that we are where we are, that Manafort is cooperating", Schiff said.
Gates later turned against his former colleague, spending three days on the stand in Manafort's Virginia trial.