The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other criminal probes, two people with knowledge of the matter tell Reuters. https://t.co/ydLrsuMtjk
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 17, 2018
And here we were all assuming it would be Jared who proved the weakest link…
… Jeffrey Yohai, a former business partner of Manafort, was divorced from Manafort’s daughter last August.
Yohai has not been specifically told how he will be called on to cooperate as part of his plea agreement, but the two people familiar with the matter say they consider it a possibility that he will be asked to assist with Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort…
Hilary Potashner, a public defender who is representing Yohai, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, declined to comment.
Andrew Brown, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, had been overseeing an investigation into Yohai’s real estate and bank dealings in California and New York several months before Mueller was appointed to his post in May 2017.
Yohai’s agreement, which was concluded early this year, included him pleading guilty to misusing construction loan funds and to a count related to a bank account overdraft.
While the deal was cut with Brown’s office, the federal government “can ask for help at any time,” said one of the people familiar with the matter…
As a close business partner, Yohai was privy to many of Manafort’s financial dealings, according to the two people familiar with the matter and court filings in the bankruptcies of four Los Angeles properties in 2016. In addition to co-investing in California real estate, the two cooperated in getting loans for property deals in New York, Manafort’s indictments show.
Mueller sent a team of prosecutors to interview Yohai last June, asking him about Manafort’s relationship with Trump, his ties to Russian oligarchs, and his borrowing of tens of millions of dollars against properties in New York, Reuters reported in February, citing people with knowledge of the matter…
Considering Yohai’s no longer married to Manafort’s daughter, and that he’s using a public defender, somehow I suspect he may not be guy’s biggest fan.
Probably not related, but surely timers will be set:
So we have some exclusive, never before seen video tonight that @realDonaldTrump is going *love*.
(And by love, I mean hate.)
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 17, 2018