What’s Rudy Talking About?

October 22, 2018 8:17 pm

TPM Reader RW points out a key part Paul Manafort’s cooperation agreement which casts some doubt on Rudy Giuliani’s claims that he’s been assured that Manafort hasn’t provided any evidence against President Trump.

“Your client acknowledges and understands that, during the course of the cooperation outlined in this Agreement, your client will be interviewed by law enforcement agents and/or Government attorneys. Your client waives any right to have counsel present during these interviews and agrees to meet with law enforcement agents and Government attorneys outside of the presence of counsel.”

I’ve always been a little unclear about the import of this portion of the agreement. But the next sentence seems to suggest that he can later say he wants his lawyer present and that’s okay. But this still seems to put Giuliani’s already questionable claim in some doubt. At least on its face it’s not clear that Manafort’s lawyer knows all he’s discussed with the government.

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