Paul Manafort Becomes the Latest to Take A Plea and Cooperate in Mueller Probe

Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to two charges involving criminal conduct and has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel probe led by Mueller. Will Trump still pardon him?

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is the fifth person who is connected to Trump’s administration to plead guilty. Manafort pleaded guilty to two charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The first charge covers a lot of criminal activity, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file reports about his foreign bank accounts, failing to register as a foreign agent and lying to the government, according to the Huffington Post.

Manafort took a plea deal that involved him pleading guilty to two charges involving a wide range of criminal conduct and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel probe being led by Robert Mueller, according to the report.

Just last month, Manafort was found guilty on eight counts following a separate federal trial in northern Virginia, where he faced 10 additional counts there, not including the charges he faced in Washington. As part of the plea deal, the 10 counts in Virginia will be dropped.

The plea deal states that Manafort “shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Government in any and all matters as to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant,” according to the Huffington Post.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that “this has nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign”, she said regarded Manafort’s guilty plea. “It is totally unrelated.”
Trump’s lawyer in the investigation, Rudy Giuliani, clarified that Manafort’s agreement to cooperate with prosecutors “is of no consequences to Trump.”

“I can guarantee you he has no information harmful to the president,” he told HuffPost, adding that he knows precisely what Manafort can offer Mueller. “I know because we have a joint defense agreement. He’s not going to lie to make them happy.”

He went on to add, “this has nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with obstruction, nothing to do with anything that they were charged to go after,” Giuliani added. “They’re obviously winding down.”

President Trump had previously discussed pardoning Manafort with his attorneys, but the plea deal to cooperate with Mueller’s team could interfere with that ever being a possibility. Trump had previously expressed his “distaste” for “flipping” and said it “almost ought to be” illegal.

Manafort added to the already four former Trump aids who have previously pleaded guilty to charges that stemmed from the Mueller investigation: Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen and George Papadopoulos.

Manafort is just the latest to turn his back against the President. Just how credible and damaging can Manafort and Trump’s former aids be to Trump, remains the ultimate question. Will Trump still pardon him? Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.


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