Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors

Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors

Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors

Paul Manafort, who worked on the Trump campaign from March to August 2016, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reports.

President Trump's legal team signaled earlier this week that they weren't anxious about the prospect of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort negotiating a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller - in fact, some lawyers close to the case suggested a plea deal could be beneficial for both Manafort and Trump.

As with the Virginia case, the trial in Washington focused on criminal charges that largely predated Manafort's time with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. And now it's too late, said Trump defender and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

For instance, Manafort was in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Russian nationals that was originally presented to Mr Trump's elder son as a chance to obtain damaging information from Russia on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. When asked about the possibility last month after Manafort was convicted by the first jury, Trump said, "I would say what he did, some of the charges they threw against him, every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington probably does".

As part of Manafort's lobbying scheme, Manafort solicited a USA law firm to write a report evaluating the trial of Yanukovych's political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko. Because of the Justice Department's official view that a sitting president can not be prosecuted, Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani have made a decision to fight the investigation as a political battle as well as a legal one.

Manafort will lose several properties, the money in several bank accounts, and a life-insurance policy, which appear to have value well in excess of ten million dollars. Trump's former personal lawyer/fixer (and RNC deputy finance chair) Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 counts that include bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations (2 campaign finance counts implicate President Trump).

The plea deal came ahead of Manafort's second trail related to his political consulting work in Ukraine, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

"This is for conduct that dates back many years and everybody should remember that".

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The WTA validated Williams' complaint that the penalties were sexist and would not have been initiated if Williams were a man. "The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA ", Ings said on Tuesday, via ESPN .

Here are three takeaways from the deal and what Manafort's cooperation with the special counsel means for his sentencing, the Mueller investigation, and a potential pardon from the president.

"Manafort also had close contact with two Russians during the campaign: Oleg Deripaska and Konstantin Kilimnik".

He was also a close business associate of a man who US intelligence believes has ties to Russian intelligence.

A pardon, however, has always been an insecure lifeline for Manafort.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering criminal charges against Greg Craig, a former Obama White House counsel, as part of a investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent, sources told CNN Friday.

The federal government's statement of offense against Paul Manafort was released Friday, outlining the evidence underlying their case. He also cooperated in the government's case against Manafort.

According to the court filing, the charge of conspiracy against the USA includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, and acting as an unregistered lobbyist for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing. "If I were a Democrat strategist ... and somebody said to me, 'Who do you want to be the Democrat nominee for president of the United States?' there's only one name I would choose ... and his name is Michael Bloomberg", Corey Lewandowski said last month.

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