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Ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort to cooperate with Russian Federation probe

US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is set to plead guilty to more federal charges. (File Former Trump campaign manager Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel
Leonard Rios | 18 September, 2018, 11:36

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff said special counsel Robert Mueller is the real figure who is "draining the swamp", and that President Trump is "terrified" of what his former campaign chairman may be telling prosecutors.

Speculation that Manafort's deal will be the death knell for the President is largely based on the assumption that there is substance to the allegation that Mr Trump, or figures in his campaign, colluded with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election in his favour.

Mueller also obtained guilty pleas from two other people (Alex van der Zwaan and Richard Pinedo) and indicted 26 Russians on charges related to the attack on the 2016 election.

Manafort's trial in Virginia last month gave some insight into the lifestyle he was maintaining at the properties he has forfeited.

Under the terms of the deal, Manafort was allowed to plead guilty to just two counts, though the crimes he admitted largely cover the same conduct alleged in an indictment a year ago.

On September 14, Trump's former campaign-chief, Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with the ongoing Mueller's investigation into accusations of Russian intervention in the 2016 polls.

The deal came after three days of negotiations between Manafort's attorneys and the special prosecutor's office, with the deal Friday coming on the eve of Manafort's trial in Washington, which was to open Monday morning.

"If Manafort is willing to give Mueller information about Trump's contacts with Russian Federation, whether the contacts were direct or indirect, then this really is a disaster for Trump and his associates". The plea deal specifically says Manafort is required to "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly with the Government".

"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty".

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"The president was OK with it", he said.

It is entirely possible that Mueller could press for an indictment of the WikiLeaks organization, or of the group's founder Julian Assange, in an effort to align his investigation still further with the requirements of the United States military-intelligence apparatus. Presidential personal counsel Rudy Guiliani hinted that unlike another "flipper", Michael Cohen, who Guiliani has called a "scumbag", Manafort continues to enjoy favored status in the White House. Trump's former personal lawyer has separately pleaded guilty in NY. Manafort's camp has insisted that he has nothing to offer the government on the president, and the White House stated unequivocally on Friday that it has no connection to the plea deal.

"Manafort is a key person to help us unwind whether this is the most unlikely string of improbable coincidences or whether this is an active conspiracy", Schiff said on the NBC program, according to USA Today.

Stone never was a formal part of the Trump campaign in 2016, but he is a regular adviser of Trump's and he was in with WikiLeaks, which distributed the embarrassing information about Democrats and other targets of Russian cyberattacks.

Prosecutors on Friday presented new information about allegations they were prepared to present at trial, which was to have focused on Manafort's political consulting and lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the pro-Russian Party of Regions.

"He was under tremendous pressure", the former judge said, explaining Manafort's decision during an interview on "ABC This Week".

"I have someone pushing it on the NY Post".

On Twitter on August 22, Trump wrote: "Unlike, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

It was not immediately clear what Manafort's cooperation with the special counsel will provide to the Russian Federation investigation. In a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including tax evasion.

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