Lawyer says Manafort cut deal to protect family

Lawyer says Manafort cut deal to protect family

Lawyer says Manafort cut deal to protect family

Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy, and agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible collusion by Trump associates. 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.

"It is very likely that Paul Manafort has indicated through his counsel and directly that he can provide very helpful information, useful information to get to the bottom of what Bob Mueller and his team have been charged to do", Starr said about the deal.

Prosecutors say Manafort acted illegally as a lobbyist for Yanukovych and earned tens of millions of dollars, which he laundered through Cyprus and other offshore banking locations and did not pay taxes on.

But the guilty plea spares Manafort the cost of a weekslong trial that could have added years to the prison time he's already facing following the Virginia guilty verdicts.

It's unclear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Moscow denies U.S. intelligence agency allegations that it interfered in the political process.

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The President has been quite publicly supportive of Manafort since criminal charges were first filed against his former campaign chairman.

It is entirely possible that Mueller could press for an indictment of the WikiLeaks organization, or of the group's founder Julian Assange, in an effort to align his investigation still further with the requirements of the United States military-intelligence apparatus.

Mueller's prosecutors referred to the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY inquiries on other individuals involved in the Ukraine lobby efforts, including Democrat Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group, former Republican Rep. Vin Weber of Mercury LLC, and the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. That was also the day, you might recall, that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of his own. "Everything is wonderful, and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go".

"If they don't voluntarily cooperate, you get honest leverage on them to compel their cooperation", said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti in the 1990s.

All of which is to say that this has been an extremely fruitful special counsel investigation already. The president had previously appeared very open to that possibility, saying that Manafort had been treated "very unfair", saying he felt "very badly" and "very sad" for Manafort, and saying he "respect [ed]" Manafort for not "flipping".

The agreement came days before he was due to stand trial on charges relating to his work for Ukrainian politicians.

"Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a courageous man!' Trump wrote. "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!'

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