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 JayapalBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dem rep: Why shouldn’t Americans believe Trump is as corrupt as his friends? Sunday shows preview: Trump faces fallout after Manafort flips MORE (D-Wash.) on Sunday argued that the evidence is stacked against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE after his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCohen questioned for hours in Mueller probe about Trump's dealings with Russia: report Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Hillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe MORE, pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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."


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.