Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads guilty in Mueller probe

Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel

President Trump's former campaign chief has agreed to co-operate with the special investigation on Russia's meddling in the U.S. elections as part of a plea deal.

While President Donald Trump is not mentioned in Friday's filing, nor is Manafort's role in his campaign, the news of the cooperation comes as the President continued to lambast the Mueller investigation on Twitter this week.

The charges in his second trial were set to include money laundering, conspiring to defraud the United States, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

The guilty plea also heads off a second trial that would have taken place in Washington.

"For months, as part of their joint defense agreement, they would have been strategizing together", Schiff noted, adding that Manafort might be able to share information on "what conversations" Trump might have had with Manafort "after the charges were brought against him". In that case, he was found guilty on eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account.

Trump has sought advice from his lawyers on the possibility of pardoning Manafort and other aides accused of crimes, his attorney Rudy Giuliani previously told The Washington Post, and was counseled against pardoning anyone involved in the ongoing Mueller probe.

She told him, "You are agreeing to cooperate fully and truthfully" with the special counsel's office.

He's also indicted former Manafort business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, now believed to be in Russia, for obstruction of justice and 25 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.

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Manafort was facing a second trial set to begin on Monday on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent. Law enforcement officials have come to suspect that Manafort hopes he will be pardoned by the president, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue.

For example, the government did not specify how much of a reduction it will seek on Manafort's sentencing if he follows through on his cooperation agreement. His agreement is sweeping: "any and all matters as to what the Government deems the cooperation relevant".

A Virginia jury convicted Manafort last month on bank and tax fraud charges.

"He's accepted responsibility", Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing, said.

The former chairman of President Trump's campaign has pleaded guilty to two federal crimes and is reportedly cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

It is unclear what information Manafort is prepared to provide to investigators about Trump or that could aid Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

If so, it will not be forgotten by the White House that Manafort fought a long and determined war with federal prosecutors at great personal cost while remaining loyal to the President. Or Trump could be to fire both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which would give him the ability to instruct the Justice Department to terminate the Mueller investigation immediately.

Manafort agreed to plead to conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses. Patten worked with Manafort's Russian associate Kilimnik through 2017 and admitted in court to illegally using a straw purchaser to buy Trump inaugural tickets for an oligarch.

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