Trump ex-campaign head Manafort to cooperate in Russian Federation probe

Trump ex-campaign head Manafort to cooperate in Russian Federation probe

Trump ex-campaign head Manafort to cooperate in Russian Federation probe

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to a plea deal Friday that includes working with the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The result also ensures the investigation will extend far beyond the November congressional elections despite entreaties from the president's lawyers that Mueller bring it to a close.

The investigation has exposed the inner workings of the Russian influence campaign against American elections, a detailed and elaborate scheme by Manafort and Gates to hide money made through foreign lobbying work from the US government and multiple instances of people later lying to investigators about their behavior.

"We are thinking of and doing preliminary work to prepare for a primary run against Trump", Kristol said in an interview on Thursday.

That trial was supposed to start next week in Washington.

Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's personal lawyer, originally issued a statement that read: "Once again, an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign", the statement read.

Wearing a purple tie beneath his dark suit, Manafort looked glum as the hearing unfolded, standing next to his attorney, Richard Westling, with a court security officer standing immediately behind him.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort entered a guilty plea to two felonies Friday.

Manafort's guilty plea Friday appears to set that question aside, for now.

Manafort's second trial was for charges regarding his lobbying work in Ukraine.

Manafort, convicted by a Virginia jury last month on bank and tax fraud charges, was due to go on trial a second time on related charges in Washington.

People familiar with the plea discussions have previously said that Manafort has no intention of cooperating with Mueller, so it's possible any prospective agreement could allow him to admit guilt without providing information to investigators. Patten worked with Manafort's Russian associate Kilimnik through 2017 and admitted in court to illegally using a straw purchaser to buy Trump inaugural tickets for an oligarch.

He was also a close business associate of a man who USA intelligence believes has ties to Russian intelligence. Buckle up, folks. This isn't the end of Trump's legal problems with Manafort, it's the beginning.

"Manafort's guilty plea - with cooperation! - is an absolute nightmare for Trump, and his family", former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega told the Guardian in an email.

Manafort is pleading guilty to charges the special counsel filed Friday on conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort, however, continues to hold a literal "Trump card", which he may elect to play only at the conclusion of court proceedings in his case.

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 former includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Accounts, and the latter includes the charge of witness tampering. Other counts were dropped.

They were charged in connection with their work for Ukrainian political parties and pro-Russian former president Viktor Yanukovych. Places like Virginia and NY, both of which have Democratic attorneys general, could prosecute Manafort on state tax violations, for instance. Ukraine had said the report cost $12,000.

In 2013, one of the politicians and his country's prime minister met with then-President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

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Another allegation revealed Friday concerns Manafort's efforts to peddle stories to discredit Yanukovych's opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, and undermine USA government support for her.

Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in NY, says it's uncommon for criminal information to include that level of detail.

"I have someone pushing it on the NY Post".

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