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Manafort cuts plea deal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/14/18, 12:09 pm

WASHINGTON—Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, has agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for reduced charges. Manafort will plead guilty to two out of the initial seven charges against him. In documents filed Friday and signed by Mueller, prosecutors charged Manafort with one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort’s trial is the first to surface from Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Manafort’s charges stem from his business dealings before he joined the Trump campaign. It is still unknown whether Manafort will cooperate with the Mueller investigation, something he has repeatedly said in the past he would not do. And Friday’s plea deal likely pulls the plug on a second trial Manafort was scheduled to face starting next week.

In August, a jury convicted Manafort on eight out of 18 criminal counts, including charges of tax fraud, bank fraud, and one count of failing to file foreign bank account reports. Jurors could not reach a consensus on the 10 remaining counts, and U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III declared a mistrial on those counts.

The president has previously praised Manafort for not making up stories “in order to get a ‘deal.’” Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told Politico his client was not concerned about Manafort cutting a deal.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 07:42 am

    It should be pointed out that these charges have nothing to do with Russian collusion which the Mueller investigation is supposed to be pursuing. Mueller is trying to pressure Manafort to provide evidence against Trump by putting forward a plea deal before him to eliminate or partially eliminate his 10 year sentence. The Mueller probe is stacked with Democrat loyalists who supported Hillary for president and is a direct attempt at a Coup d'état which is the real collusion. FBI officials, the larger Justice Department, many other Intelligence Agencies, the Leftist MSM, Leftist Nonprofit groups, rich leftist elites and a former president are attempting to eliminate Trump because he is strong and effective at leading this nation. He is fighting the Christian cause by promoting godly people, forcefully tweeting against the propaganda campaign against him, standing up for justice in the land by securing our borders, standing up for Christians around the world, and promoting justice internationally by standing against evil. The collusion against Trump is the worst corruption we have seen in our nations history and should worry all loyal Americans! Certainly Trump is not a perfect man - like us all - but he has faithfully tried his best to lead the nation in a godly direction and all true Christians should support him in this! The accusation against him about lying is not accurate for he oftentimes exaggerates to emphasize his points, no different than Jesus telling us to cut off our hands if our hand causes us to sin!  The allegations of sexual impropriety and crude talk happened before he was elected, though not becoming of a Christian, hardly disqualifies him as president if they are true. His actions are constantly projected in a negative light while he keeps fighting often the Christian cause!  God works in mysterious ways and Trump is one of them!