Trump ex-campaign head Manafort changes mind, cooperates in Russian Federation probe

Trump ex-campaign head Manafort changes mind, cooperates in Russian Federation probe

Prosecutors indicated Manafort will work with Mueller's team, which is examining potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government before the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russian representatives and top campaign officials, including Trump's son and son-in-law, who expected to receive derogatory information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Prosecutors dropped five other charges that included lobbying violations and money laundering.

Manafort had faced seven charges in Washington and faces another 10 possible charges in Virginia which had been declared in mistrial.

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort's cooperation with Mueller's probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6. Vanity Fair reports that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is talking to investigators: "he has bristled at the feeling that he has taken the fall for a man who has refused to take any responsibility or face any effect himself".

A guilty plea helps Manafort avoid the possibility of additional prison time in the event that the Washington jury were to have convicted him.

Manafort's deal could also prompt other subjects of Mueller's investigation to cooperate, causing "the proverbial snowball to roll down the hill", Waxman said.

Manafort is shown at the Republican convention in Cleveland behind Donald Trump on July 21, 2016.

Prosecutors say that Manafort directed a large scale lobbying operation in the US for Ukrainian interests without registering with the Justice Department as required by the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

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Manafort has not yet been sentenced in the Virginia case. In August, Manafort was convicted at trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges that pre-dated his stint on Mr Trump's campaign and involved his work with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. His agreement is sweeping: "any and all matters as to what the Government deems the cooperation relevant".

A jury found Manafort guilty of eight counts of tax evasion, failing to report foreign bank accounts and bank fraud.

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

Donald Trump's team quickly issued a statement on Friday saying that Manafort's cooperation had nothing to do with Trump, reiterating the president's innocence.

As part of the run-up to the second trial, Manafort's lawyers filed hundreds of pages in court to fight prosecutors' allegations - having brought two appeals unsuccessfully - and his legal fees mounted to more than $1 million, according to two people familiar with his case. Papadopoulos has since agreed to work with Mueller's investigation. For now, Manafort has agreed to cough up close to $50 million to the feds in penalties, enough, incidentally, to pay for the Mueller investigation's activities for several years.

Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts - conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice - in a Washington, DC, courtroom, where prosecutors said the agreement with the longtime GOP operative includes his cooperation, according to CNN.

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

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty".

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