Manafort plea deal requires truthful cooperation

Manafort plea deal requires truthful cooperation

Manafort plea deal requires truthful cooperation

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on Friday said former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort reaches "tentative" plea deal with Mueller: report Giuliani says possible Manafort plea deal not a concern Manafort seeks plea deal without special counsel cooperation: report MORE's guilty plea earlier that day was a "big win" for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE in his investigation.

But given Manafort's pre-existing financial connections to Russia, his agreement to help prosecutors with further investigations will most certainly feed speculation and theories that there's more to these relationships than we're now publicly aware of, beyond what we've been told about Russian lobbyists offering stolen emails and data from Hillary Clinton's campaign to Trump's team.

On Thursday, CBS News reported that Manafort had reached the deal with federal prosecutors to avoid his upcoming trial on charges related to his foreign lobbying work. Trump's former Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on 8 charges of financial fraud, but as he's staring down the barrel of another trial, he's chose to take make a deal with Mueller.

Today's court filings describe Manafort lobbying for Ukraine's former pro-Russian government as covertly as possible, reaping more than $60 million in the process and laundering the money, then his efforts earlier this year to get potential witnesses from his group to falsely say that they were not lobbying in the United States.

He led the campaign when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention.

Trump last month praised his former campaign aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

Manafort used one of his offshore accounts to funnel $4 million to pay the law firm-a fact he didn't disclose to the public, the information said.

Manafort admitted guilt to just two counts of conspiracy, and will resolve the two pending criminal cases against him in Washington and in Virginia federal courts.

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In total, Mueller has indicted or extracted guilty pleas from more than 30 people and three companies. "He's accepted responsibility. This is for conduct that dates back many years and everybody should remember that", Manafort's attorney, Kevin Downing, said. And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence.

In-person jury selection for his Washington trial was set to start Monday, with opening statements scheduled for September 24 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement, reiterating that point.

As part of Manafort's lobbying scheme, Manafort solicited a US law firm to write a report evaluating the trial of Yanukovych's political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice brought by Mr Mueller's team.

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

He had other charges dropped but could still face 10 years in prison on the two charges in Washington.

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