Ex-Trump Adviser George Papadopoulos Pleads Guilty in Mueller's Russia Probe
He is the only one so far who has been brought to justice for something done during the campaign. Manafort and his lackey have been indicted for various financial crimes (money laundering, tax evasion) they committed before the Trump candidacy. (And Manafort probably would have faced these charges even if Mueller had never been appointed, or even if Trump had never run. As far as I can see, they have nothing to do with Trump.)
This is precisely what I predicted within a thread over the weekend. It's obvious that Mueller hopes to cut a deal with Manafort by indicting him for the many illegal things that he really did before the campaign, thereby forcing him to co-operate with the investigation of the campaign itself.
Manafort's choices are:
Tough it out with the possibility of a lot of jail time, but even if he survives a trial, millions of dollars in legal fees ...
Air out the campaign's dirty laundry and skate away with a slap on the wrist.
But I have to admit frankly that I'm still not sure there's all that much for him to tell. Manafort seems to be a weasel, and has probably acted as a stooge for Russia, but so far nothing in his indictment connects to the campaign.
But you have to read the Papadoupoulos indictment. It seems to signify the beginning of a long string of indictments that ARE related to the campaign, and may even reach Trump personally (see item II.9). Certainly the characters identified as "Campaign Supervisor" and "High-Ranking Campaign Official" are at least making sure they have plenty of assets in secret offshore accounts, and are currently pausing to think about the possibility of a lifetime in a country with no American extradition treaty.
(SPECULATION: The campaign supervisor is probably Sam Clovis. The high-ranking campaign official seems to be Corey Lewandowski. "Another campaign official" may or may not be Manafort or Gates.)
Also note: Papadopoulos was arrested in July, but the arrest was not announced. The indictment against him was filed October 5, about 70 days after he was arrested, and he had been co-operating all that time.
AND he is listed as a “proactive cooperator,” verbiage which frequently means he either wore a wire or made phone calls and e-mails which were suggested and monitored by investigators. My guess is that he was not just chatting, but was working some kind of sting with the investigators in August and September.