Key Takeaways from Paul Manafort's Plea Deal With Mueller

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

Manafort also hid the millions of dollars he made from that work from the US government and asked witnesses to lie to the jury in the trial he has now avoided.

Even though the Manafort case was tangential to the central thrust of Mr Mueller's inquiry - relating to his work as a lobbyist, and not possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign - this still marks a significant development in the special counsel's investigation.

The charges in Friday's filing were contained in criminal information, a type of charging document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent, and typically signals a deal has been reached.

He led the campaign in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 10 counts, which ended in mistrial.

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence", Manafort said in February. They said "The President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth"-taking out the truth part because that is very much the problem".

Manafort's legal team blamed most of his problems on former business partner Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in February and testified against Manafort in Virginia.

Manafort's decision could be a blow to Trump, who last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a brief statement on the issue Friday.

Manafort told the judge he wants to plead guilty.

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"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". The guilty plea today by Paul Manafort is a "big win" for Robert Mueller that should alarm Donald Trump.

Manafort, who was found guilty last month on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in Virginia, was heading toward a second trial in Washington.

Attorney Kevin Downing, with the defense team for Paul Manafort, is seen leaving federal court in Washington, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

It comes three weeks after Paul Manafort was convicted in a separate trial on eight counts related to financial fraud, and as the Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation increasingly pressures the White House.

Manafort has not yet been sentenced in the Virginia case.

But Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has received a lot of flak over the past year for defending Trump at times despite being a self-described liberal, says Team Trump should be deeply concerned about Manafort's agreement to fully cooperate with Mueller investigation, though he stressed that it's unlikely Manafort would have any evidence that could lead to impeachment. And while he was working on the Trump campaign, emails show Manafort discussed providing private briefings for a wealthy Russian businessman close to Vladimir Putin.

A plea deal was light at the end of the tunnel for Manafort - and on Friday that was the direction he chose to travel. With Flynn likely still cooperating, Manafort freshly flipped, Roger Stone in Mueller's sights, and Mueller's reports on conspiracy and potential obstruction of justice incoming, things will only get more interesting from here.

In the Washington case, prosecutors were set to lay out in great detail Manafort's political consulting and lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the pro-Russian Party of Regions.

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