Paul Manafort Reaches Tentative Plea Deal With Robert Mueller's Team

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort reportedly cuts tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller

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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.

CNN also reported of a plea deal, however, they said the two parties were "close" to a deal rather than it already been finalized.

"It's close but not there yet", one of the sources said of negotiations in the second case against Manafort arising from Mueller's investigation of USA intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election, which Moscow denies.

Trump has expressed his sorrow at the conviction of Manafort, whom he considers "a good man". It's unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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In brief responses, Manafort, 69, said he had sufficient time to consider his plea and that he was of sound mind.

The President had joint defense agreements in place with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and with his fixer Michael Cohen, before those agreements were ended when those Trump allies made a decision to plead guilty.

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Trump praised Manafort last month for not entering into a plea agreement, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had. But Giuliani says Trump has agreed not to move forward with the idea. "The reason: the President did nothing wrong".

Manafort is facing charges related to alleged conspiracy, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

He is accused of not disclosing to the Justice Department his work for Ukrainian politicians and laundering that income.

On Friday morning, Weissman walked methodically through the assortment of allegations in a packed federal courtroom in Washington. But Judge Amy Berman Jackson of US District Court for the District of Columbia had already signalled that argument was out-of-bounds. In pretrial filings, they listed 2,127 doable exhibits.The protection has been planning to utter that the special counsel had focused Mr. Manafort because of he had headed Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.

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He was the first person to plead guilty to charges brought by Mueller, whose prosecutors sought a six-month sentence for him.

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