Byron York: Trump Is Trying to Send Signals to Manafort Not to Say a Lot and to Discredit Anything He Might Say

‘I think what the Trump lawyers are saying is that Mueller is trying to pressure him, the special counsel is trying to pressure Manafort into saying that there was some sort of collusion between Trump and Russia in the 2016 campaign’

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SCOTT: "On the Russia charge, Russia case, we don’t have time to play the sound but Rudy Giuliani is upset. He says that Paul Manafort is getting pressured by the Mueller investigation people and that he might perjure himself bascally tell them what they want to hear. Where does that stand?"
YORK: "Well, there is no doubt that Paul Manafort is under a lot of pressure, no doubt about that -- same with Michael Cohen. And I think what the Trump lawyers are saying is that Mueller is trying to pressure him, the special counsel is trying to pressure Manafort into saying that there was some sort of collusion between Trump and Russia in the 2016 campaign when the -- when the Trump team insists there was absolutely no collusion. So I think that the Trump legal team is certainly, one, trying to send signals to Manafort not to say a lot, and two, to discredit anything he might say. So this is an interesting situation in which both Cohen and Manafort have either been convicted or pleaded guilty to all sorts of financial crimes on their own, mostly tax evasion."
SCOTT: "Yeah."
YORK: "But there haven’t been any convictions that point to actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 campaign."
SCOTT: "And still no sign of an end to the Mueller investigation."
YORK: "Correct."

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