The Trump campaign sent out an email from Eric Trump Monday as the news of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s indictment broke.
After the news broke, the campaign sent a fundraising email with the subject line “Still Standing.”
“There’s new opposition against my father and this Administration every day,” Eric Trump wrote. “The mainstream media continues to play politics, creating division and turning the American people against one another.”
“But as a loyal supporter of our movement, I know you know the truth,” the email said.
“My father has spoken out time and time again against those who have tried to bring our country down, and will always do so to protect hardworking Americans whose values have been forgotten by Washington,” he continued. “My father will always stand for what is right.”
The email ends with a plea for a “crucial end-of-month contribution.”
“Please, make a contribution of just $1 to help us crush our goal this month,” it says.
New Trump fundraising email: “Still standing” pic.twitter.com/o8XWo25jkZ
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 30, 2017
The email comes after Manafort and his top aide, Rick Gates, were indicted on 12 federal counts of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failing to register as a federal agent, failing to report foreign bank accounts, and related charges.
While the indictment does not include Manafort’s work on the Trump campaign, the indictment does include the time that Manafort spent on the campaign. It’s also possible special counsel Bob Mueller could bring further charges.
Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI Monday.
A bigger cause of concern may be the unsealed court documents of a lesser-known campaign aide, former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who joined the Trump team early in the 2016 cycle.
Papadopoulos has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kremlin-linked officials to obtain “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
Emails show that Papadopoulos communicated with Russian government-connected officials to obtain that dirt and repeatedly tried to set up meetings between the campaign and Russian government officials.
He was arrested in July and pleaded guilty in October, agreeing to cooperate with the investigation in exchange for a lax sentence.
Given that Mueller has already agreed to a plea deal in exchange for Papadopoulos’ cooperation, it’s possible he may do the same with Manafort, who is the Trump aide most connected to Russian operatives and oligarchs stemming from his time as an adviser to former Kremlin-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.
It’s also possible that he may offer a deal to Gates instead of Manafort, since he is not the primary target of the indictment. Gates has worked with Manafort since the mid-2000s, which is when the charges in the indictment begin.
Gates continued to work for the Trump campaign even after Manafort was ousted last summer.
The White House tried to distance themselves from the pair, insisting the indictment “has zero to do with the White House.”
“These guys were bad guys when they started, they were bad guys when they left,” a source close to the White House told CNN.