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Manafort gives preliminary agreement for plea deal

Manafort and his defenders held more than four hours in discussions with the group of special prosecutors
13:19, 14 September 2018

Voice of America

Former leader of Donald Trump's election campaign Paul Manafort gave preliminary agreement for a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as ABC News reported citing the sources.

It is expected that the deal will be announced on Friday, however, it is still unknown whether Manafort agreed for the cooperation with the prosecutors or he just agreed to plead guilty and it will allow him to avoid the expenses for the judicial proceeding.

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It is noted that Manafort and his defenders held more than four hours in discussions with the group of special prosecutors.

As we reported President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. After a 16-day trial Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

Related: Manafort’s defense asks to move hearing of his case out of Washington

Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in prison. He faces a second criminal trial next month in Washington on seven other charges brought by the special counsel, including obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money.

Paul Manafort is charged with laundering money and evading taxes over ten years of cooperation with former Ukrainian leaders. Previously, an investigation team released over 300 documents, which reveal the details of Manafort's cooperation with the currently disbanded Party of Regions - the-then pro-presidential and ruling political force in Ukraine.

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