Federal law enforcement agents are pressing a family member of Trump’s Campaign Chairman to turn state’s evidence to expose a national real estate scam involving cash Paul Manafort obtained through his Trump campaign connections.
Paul Manafort collected $13 million dollars in loans to prop up his son-in-law’s scam from a Trump advisor last August 19th, on the very day he departed the campaign under a cloud of allegations of foreign payments.
Special Counsel Mueller is looking to leverage the son-in-law’s involvement in the Manafort family’s criminal real estate scams to flip Paul Manafort to gain more information about the only person higher up in the campaign than its Chairman; the Candidate. Politico reports:
Federal investigators sought cooperation from Paul Manafort’s son-in-law [Jeffrey Yohai] in an effort to increase pressure on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, according to three people familiar with the probe.
Mueller would clearly have jurisdiction over any real estate dealings between Yohai, Manafort and Russians, Jeffress said. In addition, he could press Yohai for details on what he knows about Manafort’s role in the campaign.
The approach involves finding a suspected crime — false statements on tax returns or loan applications, for example — and then offering leniency on prosecution in exchange for cooperation. “They always start with the people on the low end of the ladder and try to get information on someone high up on the ladder,” said William Jeffress, a white-collar attorney who represented Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, in the President George W. Bush-era Valerie Plame leak investigation.
The former Trump Campaign Chairman’s son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai scammed $3 million dollars from Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman, who used Paul Manafort’s cash and connections to borrow money.
Yohai is also entangled in other civil litigation matters from investors who say their funds weren’t used to buy real estate, but to support a luxury lifestyle for Manafort’s daughter, Jessica.
Jessica Manafort has since filed for divorce from Jeffrey Yohai. But federal authorities’ exploitation of Yohai’s dubious family business dealings is rapidly turning Paul Manafort into the weakest link in Trump’s orbit.
The last time a major Republican operative turned state’s evidence and exposed his party’s dirty dark money trail from Russia in 2004 when federal authorities caught super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff committing financial crimes.
Abramoff then testified against numerous others, bringing down GOP majorities in Congress in 2006.
Back then, Bob Mueller was head of the FBI under President Bush.
This morning’s bombshell report that the FBI raided Paul Manafort’s home highlights law enforcement efforts to follow the same corruption fighting playbook in this Republican scandal.
If Mueller manages to ensnare one key man from last year’s campaign, it might be enough to bring down one very crooked Republican President.