Trump’s Paul Manafort just pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Mueller

Yesterday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort agreed to a plea deal with Special Counsel Mueller to avoid his upcoming trial on charges of fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent.

The New York Times is now reporting that the plea deal is a guilty plea that crucially does include a cooperation agreement with the Special Counsel’s investigation. Unfortunately, NPR is reporting that this does not include any matters relating to the 2016 election investigation.

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Manafort has been charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. He will have to forfeit four of his homes and the money Manafort squirreled away in hidden bank accounts across the world. In exchange, prosecutors dropped five money laundering charges and violations of a lobbying disclosure law.

Manafort is under indictment for his failure to register as a lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for his work lobbying for Russia’s Ukranian puppet leader, Viktor Yanukovych, and his United Regions party.

Last month, Manafort was convicted of 8 out of 18 financial crimes, most of them centered around his efforts to evade taxes on the $75 million dollars he received doing shady lobbying work for Yanukovych and his Russian patrons.

After fifteen months of investigation, Mueller’s team has obtained guilty pleas and cooperation agreements from disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, campaign manager Paul Manafort, campaign advisor Rick Gates, Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen, and foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.

The White House has already issued a response, as has presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who curiously immediately amended his statement to remove the phrase “Manafort will tell the truth.”

Original reporting by Sharon LaFraniere at the New York Times

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Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.


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