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Manafort averts 2nd trial with plea deal, promises to cooperate with Mueller

Manafort averts 2nd trial with plea deal, promises to cooperate with Mueller

The result also ensures that the investigation will extend far beyond the November congressional elections despite entreaties from the president's lawyer that Mueller bring his probe to a close. "It shows you've admitted your guilt", he said before the deal was announced.

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty".

Prosecutor Andrew Weismann told the court that the deal includes a "cooperation agreement", which could pose yet another major legal headache to Trump. The former Trump campaign chairman, whom the president praised for refusing to "break" like Michael Cohen recently, has apparently broken at the prospect of being tried for a bunch more crimes after he was convicted of a bunch of crimes last month.

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.

He smiled broadly as he entered the courtroom Friday but gave terse and barely audible answers during questioning from the judge. "This is for conduct that dates back many years and everybody should remember that". The crimes Manafort has been convicted of are not directly connected to Trump and his campaign in any way and a lot of them preceded Manafort's work for Trump.

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

Manafort's decision could be mixed news for Trump, who tapped the consultant to serve as his campaign chairman in June 2016 as he was securing the GOP presidential nomination. "It is totally unrelated". Gates pleaded guilty in February to helping Manafort use bank accounts in Cyprus and Grenadines to hide millions they had made while lobbying for Ukrainian politicians.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now representing Trump in the Russian Federation probe, told Reuters on Friday before the hearing that a guilty plea would not crush Manafort's chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon. In comments to Politico before the plea deal, Giuliani said a plea without a cooperation agreement wouldn't foreclose the possibility of a pardon.

And with Trump's approval rating falling in recent weeks, and Mueller's improving, it doesn't appear the president has the public on his side. The stunning development that Manafort will assist prosecutors who went after him on a raft of money laundering and tax charges.

Earlier this year, Manafort criticized his former business associate Rick Gates for cooperating with investigators, saying, "I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence". 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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Manafort served for several months on the campaign, including as campaign chairman, until he was sacked in August 2016, amid revelations of the scope of his consulting and lobbying work for Ukrainian politicians, including then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

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

Prosecutors had accused him of hiding from U.S. tax authorities $US16 million ($22 million) he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $US20 million ($29 million) in loans. And according to the charging document, Manafort said of the anti-Tymoshenko allegations, "I have someone pushing it on the NY Post".

If he cooperates, Mueller could be a significant witness for prosecutors in the case.

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