Paul Manafort pleads guilty, avoid new trial

Paul Manafort pleads guilty, avoid new trial

His apparent willingness to help Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, is certain to rattle the president, who had previously praised Manafort for not striking a deal last month during a previous fraud trial in Virginia.

We recently discovered just how angry Donald Trump was over the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian meddling.

The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering.

In August, Manafort's attorneys filed a motion requesting the trial be moved from Washington to Roanoke, Virginia. Now that trial is canceled.

Manafort had previously been found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges last month in a trial in Virginia.

Attorney Kevin Downing, with the defense team for Paul Manafort, is seen leaving federal court in Washington, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says in a statement, "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign".

"Now, he's doing the thing that will keep Trump from giving him a pardon: He's giving up everything he knows about Trump", Litman said.

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The White House says Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller is "totally unrelated" to President Donald Trump.

Trump last month praised Manafort as "a fearless man" for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors while blasting the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for doing so. The reason: "the President did nothing wrong".

Even though the Manafort case was tangential to the central thrust of Mr Mueller's inquiry - relating to his work as a lobbyist, and not possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign - this still marks a significant development in the special counsel's investigation.

If Manafort had gone through with the second trial, he would have faced much of the same evidence that led to his conviction in Alexandria, including how he earned millions of dollars as a consultant to former President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine and his pro-Russia Party of Regions and was paid by wealthy Ukrainian businessmen through Cyprus accounts.

In addition to the criminal charges, prosecutors said in a court filing that Manafort could be forced to forfeit assets that would deal him a significant financial blow: four houses he owns, including an expansive retreat in the Hamptons, plus four bank accounts and the proceeds of a life insurance policy.

The punishment that Manafort may receive related to his D.C. case, and any cooperation he may have offered the government, weren't immediately clear. He also attended a June 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer. Mueller has collected folders upon folders of information since he began his investigation and spoken with dozens of witnesses. The feds obtain guilty pleas in more than 95% of the cases they bring because they are extremely careful to bring charges in only the strongest of cases.

That includes Manafort's former deputy, Rick Gates, who testified against Manafort in Virginia.

This, in turn, may endear him to President Trump, who has already called Manafort a "good man" who has been unfairly targeted by the Justice Department.

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