Ex Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Robert Mueller

14 September, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Paul Manafort President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. A status hearing was scheduled Friday for Manafort amid reports that he was nearing a plea deal

Prosecutors also allege that Manafort laundered more than $30 million from his work to buy property and other items in the United States, evading over $15 million in taxes.

Another approach would be for him to plead guilty without cooperating in hopes of a presidential pardon. Manafort, 69, was convicted last month of bank and tax fraud after a trial in Alexandria, Virginia.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel's office.

The criminal information received reduced seven previous charges on money laundering, conspiracy, false statements and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in court Friday that Manafort had struck a "cooperation agreement".

And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Mr Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence.

Manafort's Virginia trial generated considerable attention from the public and the media. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well.

It is not clear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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Manafort agreed to plead to conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses. The three-week trial centered on income Manafort earned working as a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukraine.

The details of Manafort's cooperation with government prosecutors is not yet clear.

Over a 40-year career, Manafort redefined and expanded Washington's influence industry domestically and internationally, parlaying successful campaigns into lobbying opportunities. And Mueller's team still had the option of retrying Manafort on those ten mistrial charges.

He said that, should the deal include Manafort's cooperation with Mr Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, it could be bad news for the U.S. president.

This, in turn, may endear him to President Trump, who has already called Manafort a "good man" who has been unfairly targeted by the Justice Department.

Mueller is also under investigation on whether Trump obstructed justice, and is now in talks with the president's lawyers to secure a voluntary interview with him.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and was elevated to chair in May.

The longtime lobbyist resigned from his position as campaign chairman in August 2016 amid increasing scrutiny of his work on behalf of a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.

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