Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Jurors were deadlocked on the other 10 counts. All were set to be tried in court in D.C. on September 24th.
A hearing in the case scheduled for Friday morning was pushed back, according to the federal court's electronic filing system. At the moment, there's no indication of what information Manafort might share with the special counsel's office. The deal also calls for forfeiture of four financial accounts and a life insurance policy.
A month ago, Manafort was found guilty in Alexandria, Va., on five tax fraud charges, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The prosecutors recommended a sentence of 17 to 21 years as part of the plea agreement (pdf). Manafort pleaded guilty to witness tampering as part of the obstruction charge. If they were to defend Manafort's integrity as someone now willing to tell the truth, what would happen if Manafort were to implicate Trump in a crime?
With legions of Ivy League-educated prosecutors, the investigative resources of the FBI, the Treasury Department and virtually the entire federal bureaucracy at the disposal of prosecutors, an ordinary citizen has little chance of winning a court victory.
The move comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation increasingly pressures the White House. He volunteered that year to work for free on the Trump campaign, shepherding the candidate through the Republican National Convention before being pushed aside as questions about his influence-peddling emerged. Manafort admitted to leading a lobbying campaign for Ukraine for almost a decade and intentionally doing so without registering as a foreign agent. He finally registered in June 2017, but it was too late.
Read the charges against Manafort. Gates later pleaded guilty and began cooperating with Mueller.
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. Here's hoping we don't have to keep doing these updates for much longer. But his involvement in key episodes under scrutiny, and his leadership of the campaign at a time when prosecutors say Russian intelligence was working to sway the election, may make him an especially valuable witness. He may have been party to campaign conversations about how to handle news of the Russian Federation investigation.
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Neither of the cases against Manafort relates to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the central issue in the special counsel's investigation. Manafort reportedly met twice with Kilimnik during the 2016 campaign. He was present for campaign interactions with Russian operatives. Kilimnik also sent emails regarding Deripaska, and they met in August to speak on it.
Manafort, 69, earned tens of millions of dollars lobbying for foreign governments and spent that money freely, including on a $15,000 ostrich coat, landscaping and real estate. The contract was part of a plan to assert pro-Russia influence in USA politics and lasted from 2006-2009.
Trump had discussed pardoning Manafort, but that hadn't happened. Trump has said previously that he doesn't like flippers, but Manafort has clearly flipped. We now know the meeting was in an effort to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, admitted by Trump himself and Rudy Giuliani.
It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort's cooperation with Mueller's probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6.
Moscow rejects the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that it interfered in the American democratic process and Trump denies campaign collusion. Any move that Trump takes to go on the offensive will come with high political costs.
"This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign", she said.
What appears to be next are their potential American co-conspirators. "If I were a Democrat strategist ... and somebody said to me, 'Who do you want to be the Democrat nominee for president of the United States?' there's only one name I would choose ... and his name is Michael Bloomberg", Corey Lewandowski said last month.