Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Ex Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Robert Mueller

Ex Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Robert Mueller

The Washington Post is reporting that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to the charges he was facing in his second criminal trial, which was set to begin in the courtroom of Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, DC on Monday, September 24.

His decision to plead guilty, indicated in a court filing on Friday, came just days before jury selection was set to begin September 17 in Washington, where Mueller accused him of conspiring to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine and obstructing justice.

Mueller filed superseding criminal information in U.S. District Court in Washington, an indication that Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of witness tampering.

In August Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax fraud in a trial that lasted more than two weeks.

Such filings typically indicate that a deal has been reached. The president has signaled that he's sympathetic to Manafort's cause, and in comments to Politico, his attorney-spokesman Rudy Giuliani said a plea without a cooperation agreement wouldn't foreclose the possibility of a pardon. There were 18 counts altogether, but Ellis declared a mistrial on those charges when jurors couldn't reach an agreement on them-and that hung jury came about because of a lone juror.

It's not clear whether Manafort will cooperate with Mueller's investigation as part of the deal.

Manafort's conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller's investigation.

Rick Gates, Manafort's former business partner and the campaign's deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia. "MANAFORT generated more than 60 million dollars in income as a result of his Ukraine work".

The charges are related to Manafort's Ukrainian political consulting work.

The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

On Twitter on August 22, Trump wrote: "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

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