Former Trump campaign president Paul Manafort has revealed what he believes was a political witch-hunt against the former president that caused his imprisonment of “Hannity”.
The Justice Department dropped 18 charges against Manafort, and he was convicted of eight counts in 2018 stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian illegal cooperation. The verdicts included bank and tax fraud. Manafort was later pardoned by Trump in 2020.
Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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“Mueller and his team wanted Paul Manafort to die in prison,” said host Sean Hannity. “And they tried hard, and they also put him in solitary confinement for almost a year. Why? To break him.”
Manafort alluded to details that will be shown in his forthcoming book, such as the possibility that his freedom was dangled in exchange for giving fake bread crumbs to tackle former President Donald Trump.
“There were moments where I would talk about this in the book, where they put pressure on me to admit the facts that were not true, and I want to talk about the facts and the expectations. That I would be treated in a very mild way, “he said. “They did not understand that there was no way I would lie and there was no way they could force me to give up the president. I never felt uncomfortable talking to them because I knew it, so as long as I told the truth, I had nothing to fear, but I was wrong. “
When Hannity pressured him on why he did not give in to the pressure, Manafort said it was against his values.
“They wanted you dead in jail,” Hannity said. “So now you’re pretty much offered your freedom if you say what they want. But you did not. Why?”
Manafort replied, “They wanted me to say something that was not true, and I would not do that. And you know… when you first start walking down the slippery hill, who knows where you will end up?”
“It was an armament of law enforcement and national security operations,” Manafort continued. “It was targeted. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined this type of targeting, undermining his presidency and trying to remove him from office. And there was no way I would ever be a participant in it.”
Paul Manafort poses for a mugshot.
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Manafort claimed he was a remedy against their goal of ousting Trump.
“There was no doubt in my mind from day one that I was a means to an end. And honestly, after they had no success with me, they used the same tactics against Roger Stone … Who they liked was Donald Trump. And we were the way. Without us, they did not think they could get Trump. “
“They tried to put me in jail forever. I mean … unless I wanted to cooperate, that’s what they promised to do. And in fact … they argued for the maximum punishment for me because they did not want, that I should be free. “
Former President Donald Trump.
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Manafort said his book, “Political Prisoner,” to be published later in 2022, will clear the air of the corruption he witnessed.
“The people who are making the accusations on January 6 are precisely those who for four and a half years refused to acknowledge the results of the 2016 election. So this book that I am writing is meant to… get out of my side of the choice [and] to tell the truth about my career in politics and government. ”
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