Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ex-Trump aide Manafort tentatively agrees to plea deal

Ex-Trump aide Manafort tentatively agrees to plea deal

A report from ABC News indicated that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller over charges in his second trial. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said Wednesday that his team wants to introduce evidence showing the rarity of FARA prosecutions and to argue that the prosecution was instigated by the special counsel's office because Manafort led the Trump campaign.

Manafort is charged with illegal lobbying, conspiracy, money laundering, and obstruction of justice in the second trial. Mueller's spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the possible deal, which was first reported by ABC News.

The tentative deal was first reported on Thursday evening by ABC News. If Manafort is getting a deal, that means Mueller is getting something in return.

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Manafort already is facing prison time, having been convicted of eight felony financial-fraud charges earlier this summer in Alexandria, Virginia. A prosecutor who secured convictions against him in Virginia and works with the US Attorney's Office there - not the special counsel's office - was also there Thursday, meaning that others outside his DC trial are still working on the case.

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. He was also convicted of failing to report a foreign bank account and of two bank fraud charges that accused him of lying to banks to obtain millions of dollars in loans after his income dried up. He resigned in August 2016 following a news report linking him to covert payments from a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.

Trump has repeatedly come to Manafort's defence.

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Manafort's lawyers have filed hundreds of pages in courts to fight prosecutors' allegations and have brought two appeals unsuccessfully. A pretrial hearing, postponed this week, is scheduled for Friday. In private discussions with his lawyers, Mr. Trump has raised the option of pardoning Mr. Manafort.

Manafort worked for five months on Trump's 2016 campaign, including three as chairman.

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