Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors
Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors
Jose Luis Magana Associated Press File Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort
15 September, 2018, 12:15
Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, after many months of playing the silent tough guy, would not be surprising to anyone who ever endured the ordeal of facing a federal criminal prosecution.
It is now unclear what Manafort has offered the special counsel in return for the lighter charge sheet, but multiple news outlets have speculated that it could be damaging information on Trump and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now representing Mr Trump in the Russian Federation probe, said on Friday before the hearing that a guilty plea would not crush Manafort's chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.
In-person jury selection for his Washington trial was set to start Monday, with opening statements scheduled for September 24 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two federal charges as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors.
There was no sentencing Friday, and Manafort is still detained in prison in Alexandria.
Manafort attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in which Kremlin-backed attendees promised to offer damaging information about Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.
Speaking at the hearing before US District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson, Weissmann said the 17-page plea document included the terms of Manafort's expected cooperation.
The guilty plea also heads off a second trial that would have taken place in Washington. In a Twitter thread, former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti explains that Manafort has agreed to cooperate with the feds on any potential activity by anybody that's relevant to Mueller's investigation. Manafort's homes in New York City, in the Hamptons and in Virginia, as well as money from his bank accounts and life insurance policies may be seized by the government as part of the deal.
Manafort must also cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the Justice Department in any and all matters that the government finds his cooperation to be relevant. 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.
In pleading guilty, Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, would admit he broke the law - a concession he refused to make throughout his Alexandria trial and since he was charged almost a year ago in Washington.
In addition to the witness tampering counts, Manafort had been formally charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiring to launder money and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about the nature of his work.
A White House spokeswoman quickly sought to distance Trump from the plea deal, saying Manafort's admission of guilt was "totally unrelated" to Trump. Trump had not said he would pardon Manafort, but nor had he ruled it out. "If the president or his team were dangling a pardon in conversations with Manafort, that would go to the issue of obstruction of justice as well", Schiff said. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted in August of eight charges of tax evasion and bank fraud for concealing the money he had made from pro-Russian interests in Ukraine (including its former President Viktor Yanukovych). "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a courageous man!"
Those were not needed during the response phase and were not distributed by the governor of Puerto Rico or FEMA for that reason'. Trump cited no evidence for his tweet rejecting the widely accepted death toll of almost 3,000 in Puerto Rico because of Maria.
Mallya's lawyer told Westminster Magistrates Court in London , " IDBI bank officials were well aware of losses at Kingfisher ". In this case, Mallya being a Rajya Sabha member should have sought leave of absence from the House before leaving.
That campaign could end up giving more voice to eurosceptic groups and thwart efforts at closer European Union integration. So far, however, that seems unlikely as the Alliance has rejected any cooperation with the Sweden Democrats.
No to sanctions and to trials of freely elected governments", read the post by Salvini, who is also Italy's Deputy Prime Minister. Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal the result because of the way the vote was tallied.
The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem. Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.
They appear somewhat uncomfortable in the interview , in which they often sighed in frustration and repeatedly gave long stares. They said that they had previously travelled to Europe for business and pleasure. "These are civilians", he said this week .
Get evacuated. "I highly encourage people to move out of the county", Brunswick Emergency Management Director Brian Watts said. Also included in Southwest's relaxed rebooking policy were the Washington-area's busy Reagan National and Dulles airports.
The report also quoted a studio source that said Warner Bros . would likely not make another Superman movie for several years. In August, the New York Post reported Affleck was headed to rehab after an intervention by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
More than 2,000 first responders have died from diseases related to the toxic fumes and dust at Ground Zero in New York City . Trump observed the anniversary for the first time as president previous year , along with the first lady, at the White House.
But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence . In the latest information from the National Hurricane Center , Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 event.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9
Another user nicknamed Hokyung came up with a detailed prediction: "It will be a Galaxy A model with a triple-lens camera". Reports of 4 rear cameras, 3 rear cameras and a single front camera and also 2 rear and 2 front cameras have emerged.
Paul Manafort to plead guilty to two charges
Earlier Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed a superseding criminal information document, which presages a plea deal. Manafort's conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller's investigation.
Apple announces largest ever handset, the iPhone XS Max
On Twitter , Apple fans are simultaneously hailing the sleek new products and dragging the company for its name choice. This one will cost nearly $1,100, topping last year's iPhone X, which at $1,000 seemed jaw-dropping at the time.
These maps show what to expect from Hurricane Florence
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina . SCEMD has also put their preparedness level at OPCON 2, the second-highest level for the state of emergencies in SC .
Cardi B Just Got Her Own Tom Ford Lipstick Shade
The Bronx, New Yorker claimed she was fed up with her peer trying to blackball her in the industry and criticizing her mothering. Nicki opened up about the altercation with Cardi on Friday and said she's mostly embarrassed by what went down.