Paul Manafort will enter guilty plea in second trial

Manafort pleads guilty will cooperate with special counsel

Manafort pleads guilty will cooperate with special counsel

Manafort is pleading guilty to charges the special counsel filed Friday on conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The court filing said 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's cooperation is a tremendous achievement for the Mueller investigation-maybe the single biggest development yet", said Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. "Manafort provides Mueller with an insider to the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting and likely many other key moments".

He also agreed to cooperate fully with the government in criminal investigations and prosecutions, which includes providing documents, testimony, and performing undercover activities.

Manafort was instrumental to President Donald Trump's securing the GOP nomination in 2016 and served on his campaign until August of that year. Manafort did not contest the other five counts against him.

The White House says Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller is "totally unrelated" to President Donald Trump. The president agreed to wait at least until the investigation concludes, Giuliani has said.

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. Trump's former fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted financial crimes and is helping federal prosecutors in NY. Trump's former personal lawyer has separately pleaded guilty in NY.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement after the deal was announced.

Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

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.

It also includes Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to breaking campaign finance laws - charges that were brought by the USA attorney in Manhattan - after referral from Mueller. The former includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Accounts, and the latter includes the charge of witness tampering.

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

As campaign chairman, Manafort personally offered private briefings about the campaign to the Russian industrialist Oleg Deripaska. Places like Virginia and NY, both of which have Democratic attorneys general, could prosecute Manafort on state tax violations, for instance.

FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018. Yet, Jackson said the request appeared to relate more to concerns about the political affiliation of Washington residents, rather than a unique amount of pretrial publicity. Manafort is now only facing charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. "Mueller would not have given him a deal unless Manafort was able to help Mueller make a case against someone else or significantly strengthen an existing case".

Manafort-through his guilty verdicts in last month's trial stemming from various financial charges and his guilty plea on Friday-has already deepened our knowledge of blatant corruption and illegality among those close to Trump.

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