Monday, 19 November, 2018

Manafort Deal Includes 10-Year Cap On Prison Time

Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Special Counsel Robert Mueller
| 14 September, 2018, 18:41

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to charges filed special counsel on conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The charges were contained in a criminal information, which can only be filed with a defendant's consent and usually signals a deal has been agreed.

Manafort already faces as many as 10 years in prison in a bank and tax fraud case after a federal jury in Alexandria, Va., found him guilty in August.

It's unclear how the possible deal might affect Manafort's pursuit of a pardon from President Donald Trump. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out. Jurors deadlocked on 10 other counts.

It's not clear whether Manafort will cooperate with Mueller's investigation as part of the deal.

At a rally in August, Trump said: "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort".

This, in turn, may endear him to President Trump, who has already called Manafort a "good man" who has been unfairly targeted by the Justice Department. Manafort would be the fifth Trump aide to plead guilty in connection to the special counsel's probe.


The court then changed Manafort's scheduled appearance later in the morning to an arraignment and plea hearing. Manafort's attorneys had argued that the trial should be moved to Roanoke, Virginia, because the intensity of publicity in Washington made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

The criminal information received reduced seven previous charges on money laundering, conspiracy, false statements and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

He said that, should the deal include Manafort's cooperation with Mr Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, it could be bad news for the United States president.

Writing on Twitter on August 22, Mr. Trump said, "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a courageous man!"

During Manafort's first trial, Judge Ellis often butted heads with federal prosecutors. "Such respect for a fearless man!"

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