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    Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors

    https://www.npr.org/2018/09/14/64307...-federal-trial

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Manafort entered his guilty plea to two felony counts during an hour-long hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C. The plea took place three days before he was to face trial on charges related to his lobbying work for Ukraine and alleged witness tampering.

    The trial would have been Manafort's second; he was convicted last month by a federal jury in Virginia on eight of 18 counts in a bank and tax fraud case related to money he earned in Ukraine.

    In court on Friday, Manafort blew a kiss to his wife, Kathleen, before the hearing.

    The deal presents a potentially ominous development for President Trump, who has repeatedly called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."

    The plea agreement says Manafort agrees to cooperate in any and all matters as to which the government deems the cooperation relevant. That includes testifying fully and completely before a grand jury in Washington D.C., or elsewhere.

    But one person familiar with the case said the agreement does not include cooperation on matters involving the Trump campaign. The individual asked not to be identified.

    It was not immediately clear what information Manafort might provide prosecutors. But he served as Trump's campaign chairman during the critical summer months 2016, and he attended the now-infamous meeting at Trump Tower that June with a Russian delegation offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    The plea announced on Friday covered Manafort's work as a lobbyist for a now-deposed president of Ukraine, for which he did not register as required by law. Manafort also hid the millions of dollars he made from that work from the U.S. government and asked witnesses to lie to the jury in the trial he has now avoided.

    Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, told reporters outside the courthouse that it was "a tough day for Mr. Manafort."

    Continued Downing: "He wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life. He's accepted responsibility and this is for conduct that dates back many years."

    White House keeps at arm's length

    Despite Manafort's job leading the campaign, the White House sought to distance itself on Friday from him and his case.

    "This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign," said press secretary Sarah Sanders. "It is totally unrelated."

    Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, echoed that idea, adding that "the president did nothing wrong."
    As part of the deal, Manafort has agreed to forfeit four properties in New York and Virginia, as well as funds held in several bank and investment accounts and an insurance policy.
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    @Zippyjuan WOMP WOMP

    you should probably wait a while on breaking stories and not so easily give into your confirmation bias.

    I just want objectivity on this forum and will point out flawed sources or points of view at my leisure.

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    That was stated in the article.
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    So? Had he not been Trump campaign manager years after the facts regarding his case this wouldn't be news. It's not news. It's continued distraction in lieu of the prosecutions that should be underway for Hillary Clinton.

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    Paul Manafort's cooperation agreement with the special counsel does not include matters involving the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the case, @johnson_carrie reports
    — NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 14, 2018
    BIG News: The other name implicated via his company in Paul Manafort’s deal is Greg Craig who was President Barack Obama’s White House Counsel. Names referenced who should worry are Greg Craig, Tony Podesta + their firms. NPR says cooperation deal won’t be about Trump campaign. https://t.co/bdMMDdP3Ho
    — Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 14, 2018
    Mueller reports that a member of Manafort's group met with none other than President Obama and VP Biden in May 2013 and "delivered the message of 'Not Letting the Russians Steal Ukraine From The West.'" Odd message from a supposed Kremlin stooge. pic.twitter.com/XO21rMdkJ1
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    It's going to be quite amusing when the left finally figures out what the outcome of this special counsel is. Pro tip: it's a ruse to exonerate Trump before all these deep staters in the FBI/DOJ get to answer for their criminal conspiracy to let Hillary off all the while attempting to frame Trump. Drip, drip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    That was stated in the article.
    Isn't that important? Why did you bold it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    Isn't that important? Why did you bold it?
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    There are a lot of non-trump people that should be worried about this, Manafort has dirt on a LOT of people.

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    I guess that by now public has lost interest in “special” cover-up artist Robert Mueller, who in 16 months of “investigating” couldn’t even discover the ties of Wilbur Ross to Russian oligarchs or the connection between Manafort and FBI asset Oleg Deripaska…

    So it was announced that, after spending 3 months in jail, as part of a plea deal Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to 2 criminal charges, conspiring to: 1) defraud the US and 2) obstruct justice.
    Manafort signed a 17-page plea agreement including that he will assist prosecutors with “any and all” matters, inform them on “his participation in and knowledge of all criminal activities” and testify in other cases.
    Manafort also agreed to forfeit homes in Virginia and New York (including an apartment in Trump Tower) and the funds from several bank accounts.

    The earlier conviction of Manafort on 8 counts in Virginia and the other case will be dropped by Mueller.
    Mueller’s team indicated that Manafort could get a maximum of 10 years in prison.

    Trump’s lawyer, former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, wrote on Thursday that the president’s team remained in “open communication” with Manafort as part of an agreement to share information: “There’s no fear that Paul Manafort would cooperate against the president because there’s nothing to cooperate about and we long ago evaluated him as an honorable man”: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...pecial-counsel

    Are there any American “suspects” left that didn’t sign a plea deal?
    Will they sentence all arrested Russians to prison instead: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...-Charges/page3
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