Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump former campaign head to help Russian Federation inquiry

Trump former campaign head to help Russian Federation inquiry

The latest superseding criminal information released on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller distilled the charges against Manafort down to two - conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He will also be cooperating with the special counsel in its Russian Federation investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissman told the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Friday.

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.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes out of 18 in a separate trial in Virginia.

The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts, which were dismissed as part of Manafort's plea deal on September 14 in a second case against him in Washington.

Paul Manafort's plea deal may affect Vice President Mike Pence because of the former campaign chairman's role in making him Donald Trump's running mate.

Another conviction would cap a dramatic fall for the worldwide power broker and confidant of Republican presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan.

In exchange for dropping the other charges, Manafort has reportedly agreed to cooperate with Mueller's ongoing investigation.

The deal allows Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington. But by the mid-2000s, there were signs that his consulting career had slumped, and at times his finances appeared to be shaky.

Even the most well-heeled of criminal defendants, capable of hiring the finest defense attorneys, can not match a prosecutorial checkbook backed by the federal treasury.

Shortly after the story broke, the prosecutor confirmed that Paul Manafort is cooperating with the special counsel.

Manafort had the choice to consolidate both cases into one but declined.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort one focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria Virginia U.S. O
Paul Manafort To Plead Guilty In Agreement to Avert A Second Federal Trial

In the Washington case, prosecutors accused him of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act by not telling the Justice Department about a multimillion-dollar campaign to improve the image of Yanukovych and his Party of Regions in Europe and the U.S. Jurors would have heard about how he hired prominent U.S. firms like the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs LLC to help him, along with several European former elected officials.

At the end of the segment, Dershowitz said that a pardon for Manafort is "off the table". The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 10 counts, which ended in mistrial.

It's unclear how a guilty plea might alter his ultimate sentence, and some lawyers have questioned whether he is focused on winning a reprieve elsewhere.

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.

"He knows nothing harmful to the president and the plea is the best evidence of that", Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Russian Federation probe, told Reuters.

Back in August, after Cohen pleaded guilty, Trump praised Manafort for refusing to "break", suggesting that Manafort holding strong was very much in his interest.

That came on the very day that Mr Trump's long-time lawyer Michael Cohen did "break" in a NY courtroom, and accused the president of breaking the law into the bargain.

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty".

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Paul Manafort seated (L) as his lawyer speaks in court.

Not only did Manafort plead guilty, he also entered an agreement to cooperate with Muellers Avengers of prosecutors, scoring a lighter sentence for spilling all the tea he knows.

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