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Paul Manafort agrees to plea deal with Mueller

On Tuesday January 31 Rudy Giuliani former mayor of New York City was present for U.S. President Donald Trump's live announcement of Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court of the United States nominee in the East Room of the REPORT: Manafort Wants "No Cooperation" Plea Deal
Ellis Copeland | 15 September, 2018, 09:37

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chair for President Donald Trump, reached a "tentative" agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to charges that were set to be taken to trial this month, according to a new report from ABC News. Manafort, however, is resisting and his team is pushing prosecutors for a plea agreement that does not include cooperation, at least as related to the president, sources said.

Three members of Manafort's defense team - Kevin Downing, Thomas Zehnle and Richard Westling - declined to comment as they entered their office on Thursday evening.

"Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation", the report says.

Manafort has been reassessing his legal risks after last month's trial.

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Indications have mounted throughout this week that a plea deal was in the works. Manafort faces up to a decade in federal prison for the two conspiracy charges.

The charges do not relate to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and jurors are expected to only hear limited references to Manafort's role in the campaign. The conference will begin at 11:30, pushing it back two hours.Jury selection in the Manafort case was set to start next week, with a trial beginning on September 24. Opening statements for trial number two are still scheduled (until we learn officially that there won't be a trial) for September 24. His onetime business partner and protégé, Rick Gates, made such a deal and appeared as the government's star witness against Manafort in his Virginia trial last month. A prosecutor who secured convictions against him in Virginia and works with the US Attorney's Office there - not the special counsel's office - was also there Thursday, meaning that others outside his DC trial are still working on the case. "Paul Manafort is a good man", he said after the Virginia jury returned its verdict. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort but he has not publicly ruled it out.

"Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign", Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Friday.

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