Manafort Strikes Deal to Cooperate with Mueller Investigation

Paul Manafort looks on as Donald Trump appears at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. A superseding crim

As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 US presidential election.

Manafort was to go on trial again in Washington next week.

It has been rumored that Trump would grant him a presidential pardon for his crimes. The jury in Virginia found that Manafort hid millions of dollars he made in Ukraine to avoid paying taxes, and then lied to get loans when the political party that was paying him was ousted from power and the funding dried up.

Manafort's deal with prosecutors allows him to avoid a second federal trial in the District of Columbia after he was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges by a federal court jury in Virginia.

The case was brought by Mueller's team, which is probing potential crimes related to the 2016 election. Today it comes courtesy of President Trump's former campaign manager.

Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning. Mueller has also gotten guilty pleas from former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, while Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a case referred to the Southern District of NY by Mueller's office.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in a federal court in Washington, DC that Manafort had struck a "cooperation agreement", but did not elaborate on the details of the deal. "'Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a "deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

Manafort, in a trial set to begin September 24 in federal court in Washington, is facing seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering. And last month Trump praised Manafort for being "brave" and refusing to "break" to take a plea deal.

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In addition to being the first conviction won by Mueller, Manafort is the fifth person to plead guilty to charges stemming from Mueller's investigation.

Manafort says he intends to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice relating to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. He also attended a June 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.

Not only did Manafort plead guilty, he also entered an agreement to cooperate with Muellers Avengers of prosecutors, scoring a lighter sentence for spilling all the tea he knows.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in meddling with the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

Westling agreed in court that the mistried counts in Virginia will be dropped with Manafort's admission of guilt to all his allegations. The president agreed to wait at least until the investigation concludes, Giuliani has said.

It's true that nothing public in Mueller's investigation so far has touched Trump on the central questions of collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

Earlier this year, Rick Gates, who served as deputy chairman for the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty to charges of plotting.

Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted in Mueller's investigation in February, accused of tampering in the 2016 election to support Trump.

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