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Paul Manafort’s lawyers have talked to U.S. prosecutors about a possible guilty plea to avert a second criminal trial set to begin in Washington this month, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted of bank and tax fraud last month in a Virginia federal court. He’s accused in Washington of financial crimes including conspiring to launder money, as well as acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine and obstructing justice.
The article goes on to report:
The negotiations over a potential plea deal have centered on which charges Manafort might admit and the length of the sentence to be recommended by prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person familiar with the matter said. Manafort, 69, already faces as long as 10 years in prison under advisory sentencing guidelines in the Virginia case.
The talks may break down without a deal, but if they succeed, they could prompt Mueller to request a reduced sentence in both the Washington and Virginia cases. It’s not clear whether Manafort might cooperate in Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to the person. Trump, who said he was “very sad” after Manafort’s conviction, could still pardon him.
Paul Manafort’s lawyers have talked to federal prosecutors about a possible guilty plea to avoid his second criminal trial, according to a person familiar with the matter tells Bloomberg.https://t.co/tBtiLi7EwO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 7, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) September 7, 2018
Two options: Manafort can plead guilty & receive a sentencing recommendation reduced to reflect his acceptance of responsibility or he can cooperate with prosecutors, which, if he has something of value to offer, could result in a greatly reduced sentence. https://t.co/xiLTpt3btO
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 7, 2018
Paul Manafort reportedly in plea talks with Mueller team to avert second trial https://t.co/Jx8dsSzX6I
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) September 7, 2018
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