Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Young and Beautiful Paul Manafort Has Flipped

Young and Beautiful Paul Manafort Has Flipped

Considered a major development regarding President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, his lawyers on Friday confirmed that prior to pleading guilty to charges at a court hearing Friday he has entered a cooperating agreement with the Department of Justice.

The probe has cast a shadow over the Republican's presidency and Manafort's decision to cooperate deals a setback to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6. The guilty plea also underscores the seriousness of this investigation.

Manafort's deep ties to Ukraine's pro-Russia figures, paired with his prominent role in Trump's presidential campaign, has drawn Mueller's attention as he investigates whether United States persons coordinated with Moscow to influence the 2016 race. Any deal would not be final until Manafort admits guilt before the judge, who would need to approve the plea.

As part of Manafort's lobbying scheme, Manafort solicited a US law firm to write a report evaluating the trial of Yanukovych's political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, echoed that idea, adding that "the president did nothing wrong".

Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday to two federal charges in a deal that includes cooperation with Mueller, who is investigating whether there was collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE's campaign and Moscow during the 2016 election.

Last month, after Manafort was found guilty on eight felony counts in a previous criminal trial, Trump praised his former top aid for refusing to "break" under the legal pressure.

Paul Manafort has accepted a plea deal on two counts - a federal conspiracy charge, as well as a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to various reports.

Wearing a purple tie beneath his dark suit, Manafort looked glum as the hearing unfolded, standing next to his attorney, Richard Westling, with a court security officer standing immediately behind him. Manafort's cooperation could provide prosecutors with a valuable tool as they forge ahead with the Russian Federation probe.

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Given his direct involvement in the Trump campaign, including episodes being scrutinized by Mueller, Manafort could be positioned to provide key insight for investigators working to establish whether the campaign co-ordinated with Russian Federation.

It's unclear how the possible deal might affect Manafort's pursuit of a pardon from President Donald Trump. A grand jury used by Mueller has heard testimony about the meeting.

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

Despite Manafort's job leading the campaign, the White House sought to distance itself on Friday from him and his case.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign", she said. "It is totally unrelated".

"He knows nothing harmful to the president and the plea is the best evidence of that", Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Russian Federation probe, told Reuters on Friday. In addition to the financial and lobbying charges against Manafort, the special counsel's team has said it's investigating allegations he colluded with Russian Federation while working for Trump. And Manafort could conceivably fill Mueller in on that, if it happened.

Prosecutors will drop the five remaining charges in DC federal court against Manafort, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, violating federal foreign lobbying law and lying to the Department of Justice.

Manafort also agreed not to appeal any trial or pre-trial issues in his Eastern District of Virginia conviction, and "abandons any interest he has in all forfeitable property and consents to any disposition of the property by the government without further notice" - to the tune of $46 million, something any presidential pardon could not retrieve. The former includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Accounts, and the latter includes the charge of witness tampering.

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