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Instead, the new one declared, "Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign". Manafort's decision could be unwelcome news for Trump, who tapped the consultant to serve as his campaign chairman in June 2016 as he was securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Manafort sat emotionless and spoke quietly in court Friday, muttering answers to the judge's questions regarding the deal. "Now, he plays out the string, but I think he cuts it", Litman said. Places like Virginia and NY, both of which have Democratic attorneys general, could prosecute Manafort on state tax violations, for instance. In DC, his seven criminal counts are rewritten as two. Another option would be to pardon Manafort immediately. Trump had saluted that stance, publicly praising him and suggesting Manafort had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone. Trump's former personal lawyer has separately pleaded guilty in NY.

Manafort already faces an eight to 10 year sentence after the jury in a separate Virginia trial convicted him on August 21 of eight counts of financial wrongdoing.

The plea agreement says Manafort agrees to cooperate in any and all matters as to which the government deems the cooperation relevant.

The president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was asked by Reid whether he had been told by Manafort's attorneys that the cooperation deal will not require him to share anything related to the president.

It was the second version of the statement. He will also be cooperating with the special counsel in its Russian Federation investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissman told the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Friday.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign", the press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement.

California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday pledged to launch a satellite that will track and detect the sources of climate pollutants, his state's latest effort to challenge the Trump administration's skepticism about the science of climate change.

Manafort's guilty plea would come with a detailed admission of wrongdoing, which could shed light on his interactions with oligarchs from Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Manafort's deal means that jurors and the public may not hear some details about Manafort's activities on behalf of the pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine and his ties, financial and otherwise, to oligarchs in the region.


Correction: September 14, 2018 12:00 am - A previous version of this story incorrectly said Paul Manafort was convicted of eight counts of tax and bank fraud. He concealed the income through a network of foreign banks and shell companies.

The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

His trial, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, was scheduled to begin with jury selection in Washington, D.C., Monday.

A White House spokeswoman quickly sought to distance Trump from the plea deal, saying Manafort's admission of guilt was "totally unrelated" to Trump.

Mueller's team could also pull out of the agreement at any time if they feel Manafort is not fully cooperating. And Manafort could conceivably fill Mueller in on that, if it happened.

Holding out on cooperation with Mueller's team for as long as he did only weakened Manafort's bargaining position.

After his arrest in October, he was detained by the court in his Alexandria, Virginia, home for more than eight months.

The charges in Friday's filing were contained in criminal information, a type of charging document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent, and typically signals a deal has been reached.

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty". The jury in Virginia found that Manafort hid millions of dollars he made in Ukraine to avoid paying taxes and then lied to get loans when the political party that was paying him was ousted from power and the funding dried up.

The charging document was shared by the Special Counsel Office amid reports that Manafort would take a plea deal to avoid another trial.


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