It has been reported that Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, claims that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team pressured him to say things that were not true when he was being investigated.
He spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night in his first interview since he was pardoned by President Trump more than a year ago.
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“From day one I felt they were targeting me and a few others to get at the then-president,” he said.
“There were moments they were putting pressure on me to talk about facts that were not true. “The quid-pro-quo that was understood was that I was to be treated in a lenient way,” the former campaign manager said.
“I wasn’t going to lie. There was no way they could force me to give up the president,” he said.
“I felt that as long as I told the truth I had nothing to fear, but I was wrong,” he said.
He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States in federal court and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with a witness.
“I felt like I was in the middle of a tsunami and there was no way my voice was going to be heard amid all of this onslaught of this misinformation,” he said.
He said that he believed the entire investigation was designed to get Trump and getting him and Roger Stone was a means to an end.
“’There was no doubt in my mind from day one that I was a means to an end,” he said.
“After they didn’t succeed with me, they did the same with Roger Stone. They put the gag order on Roger, they indicted him too,” the 72-year-old said.about:blank
“Who they cared about was Donald Trump. And without us they didn’t think they could get to him,” he argued.
He said that he remembered laughing with his attorneys when they read stories that he was planning to backstab Trump, saying that he intended to tell the truth.