Ukraine freezes Manafort cases to avoid angering Trump

Paul Manafort leaving a courthouse
Paul Manafort at a courthouse for an arraignment hearing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ukraine has frozen four cases involving President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort out of fear that continuing the investigations will hurt relations with the Trump administration, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The Ukraine government was worried the cases could impact a pending sale of anti-tank missiles from the U.S., — if the country aids special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation against Manafort or anyone else close to Trump, the deal would have been called off, the Times reports citing lawmakers.