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Manafort pleads guilty ahead of new trial, to cooperate with Mueller

Manafort pleads guilty ahead of new trial, to cooperate with Mueller

On the other hand, if he cooperates "fully and truthfully" with Mueller but does not implicate the President, he will nearly surely receive a presidential pardon.

Rick Gates, Manafort's former business partner and the campaign's deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia.

That was a reference to his former fixer Cohen, who struck a plea deal that saw him admit an illegal pay-off to porn star Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford.

The New York Times said it was unclear whether such an agreement would include his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling during Trump's 2016 campaign.

Another case, another win for the special counsel team.

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.

Moscow has denied interfering in the 2016 election and Trump has said there was no collusion. But the court filing says Manafort admits to the actions. "This case is not going to be tried before a jury", Giuliani told TIME in June.

A defeat would be more than an embarrassment, it would open the door for the president and his supporters to call into question the value of the entire inquiry. The 69-year-old political consultant was convicted last month in Alexandria, Virginia federal court on charges of bank and tax fraud.

In late July, an attorney for Manafort told CBS News' Paula Reid that there was "no chance" his client would cooperate with the special counsel in its Russian Federation probe. It's the type of filing typically seen before a plea deal.

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In a Thursday night tweet, Trump took a different view, echoing criticism from conservative pundits from recent days. He added that, "actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Several media outlets reported that Manafort is close to a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Now Manafort is taking exactly such a deal. Gates pleaded guilty in February to helping Manafort use bank accounts in Cyprus and Grenadines to hide millions they had made while lobbying for Ukrainian politicians. Despite word that his lawyers were negotiating with the special counsel's office, there was no indication that any kind of co-operative agreement was on the table.

The high-profile lobbyist is expected to appear in court later Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST.

"Well of course they should be", Dershowitz said, though he noted that Manafort is "not a credible witness" and might not be able to prove Trump's guilt on an impeachable offense. The initial version, which was quickly revised, included "Paul Manafort will tell the truth" as part of the quote.

The 38-page information document is extraordinary in its scope, and it lays out detailed counter-arguments to Trump's "witch hunt!" tirade, and the cost of the investigation is of no concern now that Manafort's wardrobe full of ostrich jackets could pay for a second Mueller investigation all on their own.

The scope of co-operative plea deals are usually vague, and this one is no different.

Both cases brought against Manafort by the special counsel stem from his work in Ukraine. But Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign.


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