Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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Donald Trump's former campaign chief has reached a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to reports.

What is unclear is whether he will cooperate with prosecutors as they investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, and potential collusion by members of Trump's campaign.

He said that, should the deal include Manafort's cooperation with Mr Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, it could be bad news for the U.S. president.

It will also allow Manafort to serve time from his separate federal cases in Virginia and Washington concurrently, a source told Politico.

Another approach would be for Manafort to plead guilty without cooperating in hopes of a presidential pardon.

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Such filings typically indicate that a deal has been reached.

And Mueller's team still had the option of retrying Manafort on those ten mistrial charges.

The longtime political operator who had advised presidents from Gerald Ford to Trump has been incarcerated since mid-June, when D.C. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled he posed a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The charges do not involve Manafort's work for U.S. president Donald Trump.

Manafort's legal team blamed most of his problems on former business partner Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty this year and testified against Manafort in Virginia. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road. He declined further comment until after the hearing.

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The charges were contained in a criminal information, which can only be filed with a defendant's consent and usually signals a deal has been agreed. The remaining five charges against Manafort will be dropped. Prosecutors had accused him of hiding from USA tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans.

This after Manafort was found guilty on eight charges including bank fraud, submitting false tax returns, and failing to report foreign bank accounts last month.

On Twitter on August 22, Trump wrote: "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

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