Paul Manafort Has Reportedly Agreed ‘Tentatively’ to Deal with Mueller’s Office

Paul Manafort Has Reportedly Agreed ‘Tentatively’ to Deal with Mueller’s Office

ABC News reported Thursday evening, citing "sources familiar with the negotiations" that the plea deal will be announced Friday in court. Details surrounding the agreement have yet to emerge.

ABC reached out to a spokesperson for Manafort and a representative for the special counsel's office.

She has been a constant presence at her husband's court hearings and attended every day of testimony at Manafort's trial last month in Virginia. Attorneys for Manafort did not respond to requests for comment. It was the second time Manafort was denied moving a trial away from the Washington metropolitan area.

Manafort was convicted last month at trial in Alexandria, Virginia, of charges including bank and tax fraud.

In the Virginia trial, prosecutors said Manafort hid from United States tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle that included purchasing multimillion-dollar properties, an ostrich skin jacket and other valuables.

"There's no fear that Paul Manafort would cooperate against the president because there's nothing to cooperate about and we long ago evaluated him as an honorable man", he added. Trump has not said whether or not he would pardon Manafort, but he has not publicly ruled it out. It is unclear whether it would involve Manafort's cooperation with the FBI investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Mueller, or if Manafort would plead guilty to stated or lesser charges.

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Several other news outlets later reported that Manafort was close to reaching a deal. He is also accused of tampering with witnesses in the case.

Sources tell ABC News that Mueller's office is seeking cooperation from Manafort for information related to President Donald Trump and the 2016 campaign.

"I plead guilty", Manafort said.

Jackson has yet to rule on how much jurors can hear about Manafort's contention that he is the victim of a selective prosecution.

The prosecutions of Manafort arose from Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to help him win. At that point, Manafort would not be able to assert his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination as it relates to the two cases against him.

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