Paul Manafort Has Reportedly Agreed ‘Tentatively’ to Deal with Mueller’s Office

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

Details surrounding the agreement have yet to emerge. What we still don't know: whether Manafort will cooperate with the special counsel.

Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing and Mueller spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the ABC News report. Opening statements for trial number two are still scheduled (until we learn officially that there won't be a trial) for September 24.

It was unclear whether that possibility has figured in Manafort's thinking. It was the second time Manafort was denied moving a trial away from the Washington metropolitan area.

Manafort, 69, was last month convicted of eight counts in a fraud case brought by Mueller's office in Virginia. Jurors deadlocked on ten other counts.

In the Virginia trial, prosecutors said Manafort hid from USA tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle that included purchasing multimillion-dollar properties, an ostrich skin jacket and other valuables.

Following Manafort's conviction in Virginia, Trump said he felt "very badly" for Manafort and praised him for refusing to become a cooperating witness for the government like the president's former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, who separately pleaded guilty in NY to tax fraud, bank fraud and a campaign finance violation.

Manafort's cooperation could be significant.

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Since Manafort's guilty verdict in August, speculation has mounted that Trump could pardon him.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is close to reaching a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

In the second trial, the former Trump campaign manager is facing charges of conspiring to defraud the federal government, money laundering, and witness tampering.

Manafort was at a controversial meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 where Russians were offering "dirt" on election opponent Hillary Clinton.

Prosecutors say Manafort's campaign position is relevant to the case because in response to the press coverage, he and Gates developed a false cover story that was later the basis for false statements made to the Justice Department's Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit.

Jackson has yet to rule on how much jurors can hear about Manafort's contention that he is the victim of a selective prosecution.

Manafort and his top lawyers spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of Mueller's special prosecutors who are neck deep in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the United States election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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