Manafort's the headline, but the more meaningful story for the big picture may be that George Papadopoulus, a foreign policy advisor to Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to charges related to, at minimum, attempting to collude with the Russian gov't to get emails from Hillary Clinton.So this plea said Papadopolous "repeatedly sought to arrange ... a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials". Isn't that against US law?
Plea documents here: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4163402/Papadopoulos-Statement-Offense.pdf
This plea and the statements in the doc that Papadopoulus has been giving info to the feds strongly suggests he's flipped and is aiding investigations against others to save himself.
Manafort himself is of course dirty as hell, particularly with Russia, and it was widely known - there were stories about this from the day he joined the campaign. Now the question is if he flips on anyone else too.
There is a law that US citizen's can't meet with government officials from other countries? Yikes, bunch of people going to jail. And this wasn't even someone for the Russian government, it was a Professor.
I like that you throw in collude to get the emails back instead of, asking the Russians for US property to be returned to the American people. There was no colluding, they asked for the emails if Russia took them. Colluding implies a working together. Whatever Russia had, if they had them, they already stole. If the FBI can't get those emails off Hillary's bleach bit hard drive, I'm pretty certain the Russians can't.