Anywhere from not much to an advantage and an asset according to Andrew McCarthy, a former Federal prosecutor, best-selling author and columnist for National Review.
NO SIGNS OF TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION. Paul Manafort Indictment: Not much There and a Boon for Trump.
From President Trump’s perspective, the indictment is a boon from which he can claim that the special counsel has no actionable collusion case. It appears to reaffirm former FBI director James Comey’s multiple assurances that Trump is not a suspect. And, to the extent it looks like an attempt to play prosecutorial hardball with Manafort, the president can continue to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.
It’s much ado about nothing except to squeeze Manafort to give evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, even if he has to lie about it. He will have to lie about it because after of year of turning over every rock Mueller has found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. So he’ll do what politically-motivated prosecutors do. He’ll trump something up on Trump. Maybe that’s why the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and even Paul Mirengoff at Powerline Blog are calling for Mueller to resign or be canned.