Manafort opens up about isolation in exclusive interview

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has revealed what he believed to be a political witch hunt against the former president that caused his jail time on ‘Hannity’.

The Justice Department laid 18 counts against Manafort and he was convicted of eight counts in 2018 following Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion. The convictions 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,” host Sean Hannity said. “And they tried very hard, and they also put him in solitary confinement for almost a year. Why? To break him.”

Manafort has hinted at details that will appear in his next book, such as the possibility that his freedom has been suspended in exchange for providing bogus breadcrumbs to take on former President Donald Trump.

“There were times when I would talk about it in the book when they pressured me to admit facts that weren’t true, and I will talk about those facts and expectations. The trade-off that was understood was that I would be treated in a very lenient manner, “he said. “They didn’t understand that there was no way I was lying and that they couldn’t force me to abandon the president. I never felt uncomfortable talking to them because I knew it. as long as I was telling the truth, I had nothing to fear, but I was wrong. “

When Hannity asked him why he hadn’t given in to the pressure, Manafort said it was against his values.

“They wanted you dead in prison,” Hannity said. “So now you are offered your freedom if you say what they want. But you didn’t. Why ? “

Manafort replied, “They wanted me to say something that was not true, and I was not going to do it. And you know… once you start going down that slippery slope, who knows where you end up?

“It was a militarization of law enforcement and national security operations,” Manafort continued. “It was targeted. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined this type of targeting, undermining his presidency and trying to remove him. And there was no way I would ever be part of that. “

Paul Manafort poses for a passport photo.

Paul Manafort poses for a passport photo.
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Manafort claimed it was a way to achieve their goal of bringing down Trump.

“From day one, there was no doubt in my mind that I was a means to an end. And frankly, after failing with me, they used the same tactics against Roger Stone… What interested them was Donald Trump. And we were the way. Without us, they didn’t think they could get Trump. “

“They were trying to put me in jail forever. I mean… unless I cooperate, that’s what they promised to do. And in fact… they argued for the maximum sentence for me because they didn’t want me to be free. “

Former President Donald Trump.

Former President Donald Trump.
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Manafort said his book “Political Prisoner”, due out later in 2022, will shed light on the corruption he has witnessed.

“The people pushing the January 6 allegations are the very ones who for four and a half years refused to acknowledge the 2016 election results. So this book I’m writing is meant to… come out on my side of the facts [and] to tell the truth about my career in politics and government. ”

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