EXPERT PITCH: WVU experts available to talk about Manafort verdict, Cohen plea

Article ID: 699330

Released: 21-Aug-2018 8:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: West Virginia University

Expert Pitch
  • WVU experts Erik Herron and Anne Marie Lofaso are available to talk about the Manafort verdicts and the Cohen plea

  • Erik Herron

  • Anne Marie Lofaso

Newswise — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was convicted today (Aug. 21) on eight federal felonies— five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. West Virginia University expert Erik Herron (political science) says the Manafort convictions and Michael Cohen’s guilty pleas may “connect the dots” of Russian interference in the 2016 election, while Anne Lofaso (law) says the Manafort trial will play a historical role in how the Trump presidency is perceived when time gives us distance and objectivity.

Erik Herron Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences ESHERRON@mail.wvu.edu

“Today’s guilty verdict against Paul Manafort on eight counts related to financial fraud directly stems from his work supporting the corrupt former president of Ukraine. While these charges are not specifically connected to Russian interference in the U.S. elections, Manafort and others face additional charges that may ultimately connect the dots. Michael Cohen’s guilty pleas are another part of this puzzle. While the entire picture won’t be clear until all of the investigations are completed, today is an incredibly important day in clarifying how President Trump’s campaign operated and how it may be connected with Russia.”

 

Anne Marie Lofaso Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law WVU College of Law Anne.Lofaso@mail.wvu.edu

“Defense attorneys are likely to appeal Manafort’s eight felony convictions. It is unclear whether prosecutors will retry Manafort on the ten counts on which the judge declared a mistrial. But either way, Manafort still faces more criminal trouble. He is currently indicted on an additional twelve felony charges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. These counts relate primarily to Russia's role in the 2016 election, headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.” 

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.

 

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