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Offbeat Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in Mueller probe

16:51  14 september  2018
16:51  14 september  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump says he believes convicted ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort will tell the truth to Mueller

  Trump says he believes convicted ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort will tell the truth to Mueller President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he believes his former campaign chief Paul Manafort will tell the truth as he cooperates with special counsel Robert Mueller.Trump's comment on the south lawn of the White House came five days after Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges brought by Mueller in federal court in Washington, D.C. As part of that plea, Manafort agreed to assist the prosecutor in an ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Image: Paul Manafort arrives for a court hearingPaul Manafort arrives for a hearing at federal court on June 15 in Washington.: Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing in federal court on June 15 in Washington.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing in federal court on June 15 in Washington.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has agreed with federal prosecutors to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, court filings Friday show.

A superseding criminal information against Paul J. Manafort, Jr., 69, of Alexandria, Va., was filed Friday in the District of Columbia, which alleges a conspiracy against the United States (money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice) and a conspiracy to obstruct justice (witness tampering).

Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to plea deal: report

  Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to plea deal: report Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial -ABC News, citing unnamed sourcesWASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, ABC News reported on Thursday.

News that Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller's office were nearing a deal was first reported by ABC News, and later confirmed by The New York Times, Reuters and Fox News.

Jury selection for the trial, in a Washington, D.C., federal court, had been scheduled to start Monday.

Manafort is due to appear at a preliminary hearing for the trial Friday at 11:00 a.m. The plea deal pertains to the second of Manafort's two federal trials.

Last month, a federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort on eight felony counts, including five counts of tax fraud, one count of failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud

The judge in the trial, however, declared a mistrial on the 10 other charges he faced, including on three counts of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and seven counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.

Manafort went ‘above and beyond’ with plea deal, says ex-federal prosecutor .
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort went "above and beyond" with his plea deal on Friday with special counsel Robert Mueller's team.Joseph Moreno, who was a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said on Monday that Manafort had two plea options and ultimately chose the one that would mean more cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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