Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has copped a plea deal with federal prosecutors, nixing his trial later this month, according to a report Friday.

As a potential witness to alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, Manafort became an early and sustained focus of the Mueller probe.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. The recent revelation by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani that Trump and Manafort had entered into a joint defense agreement further suggested that the legal and political fate of the President was inextricably tied to Manafort, the once high flying GOP operative who made millions representing the pro-Russia regime in Ukraine.

The charges in his second trial were set to include money laundering, conspiring to defraud the USA, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent. But Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign.

At the time of Gates' plea, Manafort issued a statement saying he "had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence".

The jury in the Virginia trial had found Manafort guilty on eight of the counts brought by Mueller, while dead-locking on 10 others. It's the type of filing typically seen before a plea deal.

Prosecutors say that Manafort directed a large scale lobbying operation in the USA for Ukrainian interests without registering with the Justice Department as required by the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. The discovery of his witness contacts led to a superseding indictment in June and Manafort's jailing ahead of his trial.

However, none of the charges relate to collusion with Russian Federation in the election.

According to the court documents cited by United States media, Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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