Special counsel Robert Mueller's plea deal with President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is a "very significant breakthrough" and “really good for the country," former independent Counsel Ken Starr told ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday.
“It is very likely that Paul Manafort has indicated through his counsel and directly that he can provide very helpful information, useful information to get to the bottom of what Bob Mueller and his team have been charged to do,” said Starr, who led federal investigations of President Bill Clinton. “So it is a very significant breakthrough.”
Starr emphasized that “it’s all the more helpful that Paul Manafort has said, 'you have me and I’m going to give you the truth and nothing but the truth.' So I think this is this is really good for the country… Let’s get to the truth of the matter.”
Starr said that Manafort made the correct and smart decision in agreeing to the deal, “given the seriousness of the charges that were awaiting him.”
Manafort pleaded guilty last week to two counts of conspiracy and agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible collusion by Trump associates.
As part of his deal, Manafort agreed to "broad" cooperation and to participate in “interviews, briefings, producing documents, [and] testifying in other matters.”
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