Former Trump manager Manafort to plead guilty in Mueller probe: court documents

Former Trump manager Manafort to plead guilty in Mueller probe: court documents

Manafort on Friday is expected to plead guilty to assorted charges as part of a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

A second case was opened in Virginia earlier this year on related charges that ended with a jury finding Manafort guilty on eight counts out of an 18-count indictment, facing a maximum of 80 years behind the bars, though under sentencing guidelines the term is likely to be closer to seven years.

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Manafort is expected to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge that accused him of money laundering, tax fraud, and lying to investigators, according to a document filed in federal court.

Prosecutors also allege that Manafort laundered more than $30 million from his work to buy property and other items in the United States, evading over $15 million in taxes.

A jury in Alexandria convicted Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges in late August, in what was widely viewed as a victory for Mueller's team and which represented the special counsel's first court test in the sprawling Russian Federation investigation.

Reacting to Manafort's August conviction, President Trump described Manafort as a "good man", and once again labeled the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".


As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 US presidential election.

As much evidence as Mueller's team had against Manafort in the first trial, they have even more evidence in the second trial.

Just under a year ago, the 69-year-old veteran GOP operative was charged in Washington, D.C., with several counts of fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent by the special counsel.

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

Manafort's Virginia trial generated considerable attention from the public and the media. And Mueller's team still had the option of retrying Manafort on those ten mistrial charges.

Another approach for Manafort would be to plead guilty without cooperating and perhaps later receive a presidential pardon.

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