Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort 'close to plea deal with Mueller'

Postado Setembro 14, 2018

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a tentative deal with federal prosecutors to avoid his upcoming trial on charges related to his foreign lobbying work, two sources familiar with the case tell CBS News.

The feds were expected to announce the agreement in court Friday, but it remained uncertain whether the worldwide man of intrigue had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Russian Federation probe.

Spokesmen for special counsel Mueller and Manafort would not respond to requests for comment.

Regarding the Washington case, Manafort is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiring to launder money, and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about the nature of his work. The conference will begin at 11:30, pushing it back two hours.Jury selection in the Manafort case was set to start next week, with a trial beginning on September 24. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts for Manafort, however.

Mueller is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 US election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to help him win.

Notes from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a meeting he attended previous year with a Russian lobbyist and Donald Trump Jr. are not seen as damaging to the Trump family or campaign officials, according to government officials and others who have looked at the notes... Prosecutors said he evaded taxes on $16 million laundered through shell companies overseas. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - makeup stories in order to get a 'deal". Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort but he has not publicly ruled it out. "Such respect for a courageous man!" He resigned in August 2016 following a news report linking him to payments from Yanukovych's pro-Russia political party. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians. A pretrial hearing, postponed this week, is scheduled for Friday.

Prosecutors have approached the second trial much like the first: with a wealth of documentary evidence and a range of witnesses who worked with Manafort.

In the Virginia trial, prosecutors said Manafort hid from US 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.