Pumpkin Spice Lazarus -
If manafort pleads guilty, no need to give Podesta immunity, right?
Why wasn't Podesta charged, and Manafort?
Why do the DNC always get away with it?
Manafort is not going to plead guilty. It's reported that the investigation is in the final stages, and Mueller needs a big scalp to show that the investigation wasn''t a waste of tax payers money. My guess, they throw the book at Manafort knowing Trump will pardon him.
Why are you guessing? Manafort was first indicted in October of last year.
Podesta isn't charged because this special counsel is assigned to investigate the Trump campaign for any coordination with Russia, and any crimes that arise as the result of the investigation per the appointment document.
In the Manafort case -- they have been arguing for nearly 9 months about the legitimacy of the special counsel, and their authority to charge a crime like those dealing with Manafort's non-campaign work in Ukraine. Mueller has won those pre-trial motions, but it would be much harder to do that if charging Podesta (who was not affiliated with the campaign whatsoever, so you then have to argue why you are charging someone who didn't commit the crime during the campaign, but who wasn't even a part of it).
But as I mentioned -- the DOJ claims that they are going to pursue FARA violations aggressively to combat foreign influence going forward, so you could see Podesta charged outside of the special counsel potentially. That likely would have already happened though.
What are you talking about? Everyone not associated with the investigators are guessing/predicting at this point, including you, the MSM, and everyone on this forum. Manafort up to this point hasn't blinked and has pleaded not guilty on everything. It been reported by numerous news outlets that the investigation is likely winding down.
Your linked article offers a different perspective than what you are portraying, although he has clearly established Russian interference and campaign connections via the work already produced. It is moving fast for sure. Here’s how the WaPo describes it in the article:
‘... people familiar with the investigation said the special counsel is pushing to wrap up a significant portion of his investigative work by the end of summer.
There are various factors that could alter Mueller’s efforts and timeline, most notably whether the standoff over an interview with Trump is resolved or ends up being litigated in court, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be able to discuss an ongoing investigation.
As recently as this week, Mueller’s team has discussed interviewing more witnesses, a sign that a part of the probe remains very active, a person familiar with the matter said.
Mueller has discussed scenarios for winding down at least some of his office’s work in the coming months, the people said, emphasizing that the special counsel views his primary responsibility to be investigating — not necessarily prosecuting — any wrongdoing linked to the Russian interference efforts...
... Former federal prosecutors noted that investigators often approach a case as if it has the concentric circles of a target — starting with the larger circles and moving inward.
“It’s standard practice to start at the outside of the misconduct and work towards the center,” said David Kris, who oversaw national security matters at the Justice Department in the Obama administration. “Depending on what other evidence Mueller has, it might start to look like the walls are starting to close in on the president and his closest associates.”...
... Friday’s Russian hacking indictment revealed an astonishing level of detail, which means that intelligence and law enforcement officials were prepared to expose valuable sources and methods to make a public case, said Aloke Chakravarty, a former Justice Department attorney who prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing.
“If they can do that in a way they can prove beyond reasonable doubt, it opens up all the connections that a conspiracy might have: the facilitators, the aiders and abettors,” he said, adding that the indictment could be used as a springboard to bring other conspiracy charges later.”