Mike Huckabee says Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who goes on trial Tuesday on tax- and bank-fraud charges, could be guilty – and if he’s convicted the president is going to have some explaining to do.
“You know, Manafort might be guilty of these years-old charges,’’ the former Arkansas governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate said on his website.
“Maybe he’s a smart businessman who profited from legal investments. If that’s true, let’s hope his nightmare –- which, it must be said, started because he dared to help elect Donald Trump –- ends soon. But if he’s guilty, questions arise: Did Trump know of Manafort’s shady finances when he hired him for his campaign? If so, why didn’t he anticipate the political fallout?
“He trusted [ex-Trump lawyer] Michael Cohen, too, to handle very personal matters before Cohen showed how utterly untrustworthy he is. What does this say about Trump’s ability to judge character? These will be issues for Trump to address if Manafort is convicted.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller named 35 potential witnesses who may be called to testify at the trial, including his onetime right-hand man Rick Gates. The case is expected to last three weeks.
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