Mueller And Manafort Reach 'Tentative' Plea Deal To Avert Second Trial

On Tuesday January 31 Rudy Giuliani former mayor of New York City was present for U.S. President Donald Trump's live announcement of Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court of the United States nominee in the East Room of the

On Tuesday January 31 Rudy Giuliani former mayor of New York City was present for U.S. President Donald Trump's live announcement of Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court of the United States nominee in the East Room of the

The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions. Manafort had resisted agreeing to cooperate, particularly where President Trump was concerned, according to ABC News' previous reporting. 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.

Manafort is already facing 8 to 10 years in prison from the eight guilty counts in Virginia, terms that may not change significantly no matter the outcome of the second trial.

Manafort was at a controversial meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 where Russians were offering "dirt" on election opponent Hillary Clinton.

Four former Trump aides have pleaded guilty to charges related to the special counsel investigation: Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer; Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser; Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign chairman; and George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser.

"It's close but not there yet", one of the sources said of negotiations in the second case against Manafort arising from Mueller's investigation of USA intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election, which Moscow denies. "Such respect for a courageous man!" Desperate for cash, prosecutors said he lied to banks in order to secure $20 million in loans. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians. "Paul Manafort is a good man", he said after the Virginia jury returned its verdict.

Manafort's attorneys had argued that the trial should be moved to Roanoke, Virginia, because the intensity of publicity in Washington made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

Before joining Trump's campaign, Manafort worked extensively for pro-Kremlin politicians and oligarchs in Ukraine. Trump has not said whether or not he would pardon Manafort, but he has not publicly ruled it out.

Prosecutors have said Manafort and Kilimnik conspired to tamper with witnesses, which prompted US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to revoke his bail and order him jailed pending trial.

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