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Trump former campaign head to help Russian Federation inquiry

15 September, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Paul Manafort looks on as Donald Trump appears at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. A superseding crim

Former federal prosecutor Harry Sandick said it was too soon to say how much Manafort's cooperation could affect the investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.

There was some concern about the risk to Mr Mueller's investigation faced going into the Manafort trials. As CNN noted, the "cooperation agreement" means that other charges would be dropped as long as Manafort provided "successful cooperation".

Those were among the first charges stemming from Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning.

The move toward a guilty plea is another reversal for Manafort, who has fought vociferously - but unsuccessfully - against Mueller's probe.

As recently as last month, Trump praised his former campaign manager, who he said said was a "brave man" who "refused to break".

"He has accepted responsibility", Manafort attorney Kevin Downing told reporters outside of D.C. District Court after the plea hearing.

This is interesting because, like we've seen in the past, President Trump and his allies previously defended former Trump attorney Michael Cohen before Cohen chose to cooperate, and then they began pushing a narrative that Michael Cohen was "mak [ing] up stories in order to get a deal". Manafort is now only facing charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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The president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was asked by Reid whether he had been told by Manafort's attorneys that the cooperation deal will not require him to share anything related to the president.

Manafort had previously been found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges last month in a trial in Virginia.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that the crimes he's guilty of have nothing to do with Trump, but according to the indictment, Manafort did crimes throughout the campaign and the year 2017.

Mueller filed superseding criminal information in U.S. District Court in Washington, an indication that Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of witness tampering.

On Aug. 21, Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in NY to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office. He had pleaded guilty in October to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the timing and significance of his contacts, including a professor who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

Moscow rejects the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that it interfered in the American democratic process and Trump denies campaign collusion.

At the end of the segment, Dershowitz said that a pardon for Manafort is "off the table".

Manafort agreed to work with investigators in the Russian Federation probe. Trump's critics have pointed to the meeting as evidence of the collusion with Russian Federation that Trump denies.

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