Manafort Pleading Guilty, Avoiding Second Trial

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is pleading guilty to federal crimes Friday, ending his long losing battle with special counsel Robert Mueller. The plea will short-circuit his second trial scheduled to begin Monday on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations.

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is pleading guilty to federal crimes Friday, ending his long losing battle with special counsel Robert Mueller, reports the Washington Post. The plea will short-circuit his second trial scheduled to begin Monday in Washington, D.C., on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations. It was not immediately clear if, as part of the plea deal with Mueller, Manafort would provide any information to the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Manafort had no intention of cooperating with Mueller, so it’s possible could admit guilt without providing information to investigators. Manafort is pleading guilty to two crimes of the seven he faced at trial — conspiring to defraud the U.S. and conspiring to obstruct justice. He admits to funneling millions of dollars in payments into offshore accounts to conceal his income from the IRS. “Manafort cheated the United States out of over $15 million in taxes,” the says a federal filing. Manafort, who has fought vociferously — but unsuccessfully — against Mueller’s probe. The 69-year-old political consultant was convicted last month in a Virginia federal court on charges of bank and tax fraud. Jury selection for his Washington trial was set to start Monday.

from https://thecrimereport.org