Russia

Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's former campaign manager and convention manager Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to at least 2 out of 7 charges he was facing in the District of Columbia.

In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, Manafort has reportedly agreed to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

From the Associated Press:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has cut a “cooperation agreement” with prosecutors and intends to plead guilty to charges related to his Ukrainian consulting work.

The deal allows Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington. [...]

Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in court Friday that Manafort had struck a “cooperation agreement.” He did not elaborate on the agreement.

We don't know what Manafort's cooperation agreement compels him to disclose, but early reports suggests it's long and extraordinarily specific.

Based on the details of his "cooperation agreement," this could be huge. Manafort was inside the infamous meeting at Trump Tower when Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with the Russians who promised to deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton.

It's possible prosecutors now know everything Manafort knows about that meeting.

  • muselet

    Your client 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 Goverm=nment deems the cooperation relevant.

    Holy cats. Paul Manafort must have been … erm … motivated to reach that cooperation agreement. Is the quid pro quo Witness Protection for himself and his family?

    Tomorrow’s tweets from the Lincoln Bathroom should be a hoot.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Huckasanders is already pandering to the press..disgusting. How is it so many close associates of Rump can be found guilty yet he still has support? Aren’t we in bizzarro world with this? I want Rump humiliated, just utterly humiliated. And to serve jail time. Plenty of it.

  • Aynwrong

    Lordy, I hope there are tapes.

  • Draxiar

    Mueller is the silent assassin for justice.

  • Username1016

    NPR says the deal doesn’t include anything to do with the Trump campaign, boo!

    • mnpollio

      Then I am at a loss to understand what he could have been bargaining with.

      • Username1016

        Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men… and in Paul Manafort’s business dealings…

        Maybe he can finger the KGB’s poisoner, LOL!

    • JMAshby

      Yeah, and I don’t buy that anonymously sourced report, at least not at face value. There’s a line between information that directly involves the campaign and information that played a part in the campaign.

      The actual judge overseeing the case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, says Manafort has agreed to provide briefings to Mueller’s team, turn over all documents, and testify against others.

      Now, who could Manafort testify against? It’s not a very long list. You don’t give Manafort a plea deal so he can testify against the doorman.

      • Username1016

        I confess I only read the headline 🙂

      • Badgerite

        Additionally, the Mueller investigation famously does not leak. Unless it comes directly from them, or the court, I would hold off on any assessment of what this deal ultimately means. However, Mueller is the prosecutor who put away John Gotti. That tells you something right there. I think Mueller is the one holding all the cards on this one. Not Manafort. Certainly not trump.
        I am already intrigued by the outline of the case he is building. The more we, the public, get to hear and see the truth, the better it is for our democracy and our country. God bless that man and his team.
        Think of how much we would not know about, that would have been swept under the rug but for them.
        And also Bob Woodward.

      • Okay, IF Manafort has info on Trumpov’s collusion, then he HAS to reveal as part of his plea deal. Here’s why. Part of ANY plea deal is a request for reduced sentencing and part of that process is the performance of a sentencing investigation, which creates a score that provides guidance on the sentencing. That sentencing investigation MUST match up to the plea deal and in order to do that the defendant must be show remorse. And in order to do that they MUST be completely forthcoming in and all criminal activity.

        In other words, to get a plea deal Manafort has to be completely forthcoming. Period. Why journalists are acting as if they don’t know this either means they truly don’t know OR they are trying to gin up worry and interest. Either way they suck.