Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Who will be next after 'brave' Manafort pulls a U-turn on Trump?

Who will be next after 'brave' Manafort pulls a U-turn on Trump?

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 USA presidential election.

Manafort's second trial was for charges regarding his lobbying work in Ukraine.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Instead Manafort entered the plea.

Manafort, however, continues to hold a literal "Trump card", which he may elect to play only at the conclusion of court proceedings in his case. Vanity Fair reports that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is talking to investigators: "he has bristled at the feeling that he has taken the fall for a man who has refused to take any responsibility or face any outcome himself". He was convicted earlier this summer on eight out of 18 counts in a bank and tax fraud trial in Virginia federal court. And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence.

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.

Manafort attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in which Kremlin-backed attendees promised to offer damaging information about Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The move allows Manafort to avoid a second criminal trial and ends his more than year-long fight against investigators in the Russian Federation probe.

They were charged in connection with their work for Ukrainian political parties and pro-Russian former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort pleads guilty in cooperation deal;...

For example, the government did not specify how much of a reduction it will seek on Manafort's sentencing if he follows through on his cooperation agreement.

Asked by reporters at the White House if he would consider a pardon if Manafort is convicted, Trump said last month: "I don't talk about that".

It was not immediately clear what information Manafort might provide prosecutors. He will also forfeit assets.

"And prosecutors would naturally follow the money trail from Manafort's Ukrainian consulting activities".

The forfeitures are part of an agreement to plea guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering.

Weissman referred to Manafort's plea deal as a cooperation agreement in court Friday, which could jeopardize his chances of a presidential pardon.

His trial, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, was scheduled to begin with jury selection in Washington, D.C., Monday.

Manafort's case marked the first indictment in Mueller's investigation.

The second count explains how, between February and April of this year, Manafort conspired to obstruct justice through witness tampering. The allegations revealed last October reiterated a year of news reports that Manafort had secretly funneled income from Ukrainian lobbying contacts for years.

Then in February, prosecutors filed new mortgage and tax fraud charges against him weeks after they discovered he was offering to secure his bail with homes tied up in his alleged mortgage fraud.

Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering.

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