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'A Flashing Red Warning': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why the Newest Moves in the Manafort Trial 'Could Mean Danger' for Trump

August 10, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

There's still so much we don't know about the Russia investigation.

As the first trial of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation continues, we're seeing an increasing amount of evidence that prosecutors know much more about the inner workings of the Trump campaign than has been revealed thus far.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, faces charges for various financial crimes that are apparently unrelated to the election — though they do involve associates with ties to Russia. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace explained Friday that because so much of the investigators' work remains secret, parts of the trial are shrouded in mystery. Earlier in the day, for example, lawyers apparently met with the judge for hours behind closed doors — and the content of those meetings remain unknown.

“That mystery follows a new ruling from the judge that should serve as a flashing red warning to Donald Trump's lawyers that the broader Russia investigation is now moving full speed ahead and that the public has only seen the tip of the iceberg,” said Wallace.

Wallace said the New York Times found that Manafort's judge in the case has sealed a discussion about whether Rick Gates, a star witness in the trial and a former aide to Trump, had discussed his role on the presidential campaign with investigators. Prosecutors wanted to limit disclosure of new information and keep their ongoing work in the probe a secret, the report said.

“The ruling confirms what we have believed to be true throughout the trial, that Rick Gates has more to offer Mueller than evidence of Manafort's alleged financial crimes,” she said. “And that could mean danger for Trump or members of his inner circle.”

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