The winners and losers in the Trump-Russia probe

Big winners:

Carter Page: The economist and foreign policy adviser, who told investigators that he met with former President Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort twice, has been identified as the person requesting the July 2016 “secret back channel” meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort was also indicted in the case for participating in a scheme to commit conspiracy against the United States, offering a false statement and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Paul Manafort: The former Trump campaign chairman pleaded not guilty to all counts Tuesday in federal court, and may face up to 22 years in prison. Prosecutors also said they’re trying to reach the nearly 70 million documents retrieved during a 10-month investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Michael Flynn: It remains to be seen how the government can exact some sort of sentencing on the former national security adviser, who reportedly admitted to the FBI to lying to investigators last December. But any sentence will be imposed at the same time as the others and could pale in comparison to what they spent on their legal defense.

Michael Cohen: The former Trump attorney’s plea deal was renewed Tuesday and he could face the same sentence as Flynn. Prosecutors said they’re negotiating with Cohen for an interview with the grand jury. This appears to help curb speculation that his guilty plea was a ploy to avoid prison.

Paul Manafort: The former Trump campaign chairman entered a plea deal in Virginia to lower the charges in a pair of cases to two felony counts related to his failure to register as a foreign agent for lobbying that took place during the 2016 campaign.

Steve Bannon: The former Trump chief strategist, who’s been under federal investigation for months, was charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with lying to investigators about his conversations with two Trump associates — and has pleaded not guilty.

Big losers:

Kellyanne Conway: The former Trump adviser and counselor to the president was cited as a witness in the case for her role in a Washington Post op-ed headlined, “The truth about Russia.” Prosecutors cited the op-ed as evidence that Bannon and Manafort attempted to influence “the public’s opinion and beliefs concerning the investigation,” according to the Associated Press.

Richard Gates: The longtime aide to Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI last month and is currently cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

Trump: The president took to Twitter on Tuesday to urge the U.S. Justice Department to release some of the “fraudulent” evidence. The administration said in a statement it is not aware of Bannon’s indictment, and the Department of Justice said it does not discuss ongoing investigations.

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