Manafort to cooperate with Mueller investigation in plea deal

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Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in a second Manafort trial on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering. As part of his plea agreement, Manafort has admitted his guilt to the rest of the bank fraud counts in Virginia, and in return, the government will not retry the other counts in which a mistrial was declared.

The scope of the cooperation was not immediately clear.

A new set of charges was filed against Manafort Friday, reducing the number of felony counts he faces, and limiting the amount of time he will spend in jail to 10 years, it has been reported. "It is totally unrelated". The only thing the agreement appears to lack is a pledge by Manafort to conduct the members of the prosecution to team to his favorite tailors.

Manafort sat emotionless and spoke quietly in court Friday, muttering answers to the judge's questions regarding the deal.

"I do", he said repeatedly, waiving each right. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 10 counts, which ended in mistrial. In DC, his seven criminal counts are rewritten as two. Regarding the Washington case, Manafort was accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiring to launder money, and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about the nature of his work.

Manafort used one of his offshore accounts to funnel $4 million to pay the law firm-a fact he didn't disclose to the public, the information said.

News that Manafort has made a decision to break is quite surprising given that he had the option when facing his first trial over the summer. The feds obtain guilty pleas in more than 95% of the cases they bring because they are extremely careful to bring charges in only the strongest of cases.

That came on the very day that Mr Trump's long-time lawyer Michael Cohen did "break" in a NY courtroom, and accused the president of breaking the law into the bargain.

Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel

"Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign", he said. The initial version, which was quickly revised, included "Paul Manafort will tell the truth" as part of the quote.

Manafort's deal could also prompt other subjects of Mueller's investigation to cooperate, causing "the proverbial snowball to roll down the hill", Waxman said. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that the crimes he's guilty of have nothing to do with Trump, but according to the indictment, Manafort did crimes throughout the campaign and the year 2017. But last month, Trump expressed sympathy for him.

Manafort had the option of rolling all the charges he faced into one trial, but chose not to.

Just over three weeks ago, the president was praising his former campaign chief as a "brave man" who, in contrast to his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, "refused to break and make up stories in order to get a deal".

The document indicates he will admit to funnelling millions of dollars in payments into offshore accounts to hide his income from the Internal Revenue Service.

But Trump also argued that Manafort would never cut a deal with prosecutors, who he alleged were treating him unfairly. CNN is reporting that Manafort has already given information to the Department of Justice (reminder that a report from earlier this year contained a nugget saying that Trump has told friends and aides that Manafort can incriminate him).

Manafort, Trump's top political operative from May to August 2016, has always been considered one of the bigger fish for Muller's office. Manafort can shed light on his involvement in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, role in adding pro-Russia policies to the Republican platform, and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian operatives. And Manafort could conceivably fill Mueller in on that, if it happened. "And Kilimnik was formerly Manafort's longtime business associate - and possibly has ties to Russian intelligence", Ward wrote.

That includes Manafort's former deputy, Rick Gates, who testified against Manafort in Virginia.

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