Dem rep: Why shouldn’t Americans believe Trump is as corrupt as his friends?

Dem rep: Why shouldn’t Americans believe Trump is as corrupt as his friends?
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Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalImpeachment obliterates tinges of comity in House House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE (D-Wash.) on Sunday argued that the evidence is stacked against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE after his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE, pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE.

"Why shouldn't the American people believe he is just as corrupt as his friends?" Jayapal asked in a tweet.

The congresswoman shared a clip of an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," where she acknowledged that the link between the president and Russia is still absent, but expressed skepticism that Trump was unaware of the misdeeds of his closest advisers.

"What we’re seeing is top advisers — people who ran the campaign, the campaign manager, the deputy campaign manager, the president's personal lawyer — have all pleaded guilty," she said. "And you have to begin to wonder how it could possibly be the case that the president knew nothing about what was going on."

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Jayapal has been a fierce critic of Trump's. She was among the Democratic lawmakers who boycotted his State of the Union address in January, and she voted to advance an effort to launch impeachment proceedings against the president last December.

Manafort, who was convicted last month in Virginia on charges of bank and tax fraud, pleaded guilty on Friday to two federal charges and reached a deal to cooperate with Mueller and avoid a second trial on additional charges in Washington, D.C.

The deal includes an agreement to cooperate "fully and truthfully” with the special counsel.

The White House has insisted that Manafort's crimes had nothing to do with Trump, and maintained that his crimes are unrelated to potential collusion with Russia.

Manafort is the fourth former Trump associate to reach an agreement to cooperate with Mueller, joining Michael Flynn, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has also pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations in federal court in Manhattan, though his plea did not include a cooperation agreement.