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    Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Will Cooperate With Mueller

    Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Will Cooperate With Mueller

    Manafort faced a second trial later this month.

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faced a second trial this month on seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering.

    Reports have surfaced this morning that Manafort will plead guilty to two criminal charges. Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed superseding criminal information, which “typically precedes a guilty plea, and a plea hearing for Manafort has been scheduled for 11 a.m. in federal court in Washington, D.C.”


    Manafort has officially pleaded guilty in a federal court and this includes cooperating with Mueller. From Politico:

    The deal dismisses deadlocked charges against Manafort from an earlier trial, but only after “successful cooperation” with Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow on its efforts. Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann did not immediately expand on what cooperation is required under the deal.

    The agreement also calls for a 10-year cap on how long Manafort will be sent to prison, and for Manafort to serve time from his separate Virginia and Washington cases concurrently. But it will not release Manafort from jail, where he has been held since Mueller’s team added witness tampering charges during the run-up to the longtime lobbyist’s trial.

    Manafort addressed U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a soft voice, saying “I do” and “I understand” as she asked him whether he understood what rights he’s giving up. A deputy marshal stood directly behind Manafort, a reminder that he remains in custody.

    Politico also reported that legal experts believe this plea deal is a win for both sides:

    Manafort gets a potentially shorter sentence and lessens his legal bills. Trump avoids several weeks of bad headlines ahead of the midterm elections about his corrupt former campaign aide. And Mueller — faced with Trump’s constant claims that his probe is a witch hunt — gets to show yet again that his charges are not fabricated and can now divert resources to other elements of his Russia probe.

    But the prospect of Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller throws into doubt how much of a win the deal could be for Trump. In addition to running Trump’s campaign for several months, Manafort attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting where Trump aides thought they might get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

    *From earlier this morning…

    In August, a federal jury convicted Manafort “of not reporting to tax authorities more than $16 million he earned for political consulting work in Ukraine in the early 2010s.” He faces 8 to 10 years in prison.

    We do not know yet if Manafort agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. From The Wall Street Journal:

    In connection with the agreement, Mr. Manafort agreed to forfeit four of his multi-million-dollar homes, including a Brooklyn townhome and an estate on Long Island, and funds in multiple bank accounts. Other terms of the deal couldn’t immediately be determined, including whether they include any requirement for Mr. Manafort to cooperate in Mr. Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any links to the Trump campaign.

    Mr. Manafort has resisted any notion of cooperating with Mr. Mueller, and his lawyer said at the outset of the Virginia trial that there was no chance of such cooperation.

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    Can anyone explain why the Russians would have wanted Trump to win over Hillary? They already knew they could buy Hillary, she was the way and away favorite and she shares far more values with Russia than does Trump.

    Gremlin1974 | September 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Even though “cooperation” will be spun by the media as “russian collusion” in orgasmic fashion it should be noted that cooperation has a much broader definition than at first since the investigation has gone so far afield of its original mandate.

    NPR says that a source familiar with the deal indicates that Manafort’s deal with Mueller doesn’t cover anything dealing with the Trump campaign.

    Trump should pardon Manafort after the elections, although I would prefer that he do it now.

    I don’t actually give a damn about Manafort one way or the other, but this is chicken .. um .. guano. Not worth having a special prosecutor for.

    So somebody explain to me, why is Mueller still employed?

    regulus arcturus | September 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Looks like a convenient exit strategy for both Muller and Manafort.

    Manafort gets to plead down, and Muller gets a high-profile close-to-the-target kill to notch.

    Muller is really running scared, and Manafort is tired of solitary.

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