Paul Manafort’s Former Son-in-Law Gets Plea Deal, Will Cooperate With Federal Authorities
The son-in-law of President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chair Paul Manafort has reportedly agreed to a plea deal and will cooperate with federal authorities.
An attorney for Jeffrey Yohai, Manafort’s now former son-in-law, confirmed to Buzzfeed News Thursday afternoon that a plea deal had been reached.
“I can only confirm that he has reached a plea agreement,” attorney James Hinds said, according to the outlet.
Reuters first reported the news citing unnamed sources earlier on Thursday, prompting speculation as to what Yohai, who is divorced from Manafort’s daughter, might know and what he may tell authorities.
By early evening, multiple outlets had confirmed the story and that he had, indeed, cut a deal.
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Speaking during a CNN panel Thursday evening, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates broke down the news and what it may mean moving forward.
“He is somebody that had information on different loan operations, loans for properties in New York and other places. He even lived in one of the places that allegedly may be a source of the investigation for Mueller, so he has a lot of information,” Coates said, referring to Yohai.
She added that already Manafort’s “right-hand man” Rick Gates is cooperating and would have “a lot of information.”
“Now you have someone we don’t know what the relationship was like between Yohai and his former father-in-law,” she continued on. “Perhaps a vendetta, ax to grind. The plea agreement, we’re not sure whether he is specifically bound to cooperate in the Mueller probe or other investigations, likely this one.”
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