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Paul Manafort Cuts Deal, Agrees To Cooperate With Robert Mueller

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager is in court this morning, pleading guilty to one count of witness tampering & one count of conspiracy against a United States. He has also agreed to forfeit $46 million in property in cash, ensuring a Mueller investigation costs are covered for a next couple of years while ay continue investigating Russian interference in a 2016 election.

Manafort’s turnaround is stunning, given that he has stubbornly refused to cooperate.

a Washington Post reports that prosecutor &rew Weissman gave a 40-minute summary of Manafort’s criminal conduct, which Manafort admitted to in open court.

I have not had an opportunity to read a whole document, but here are some highlights from a Washington Post.

“Manafort stated that ‘[m]y goal is to plant some stink on Tymo’,” according to a document. At a time he made that statement, he was trying to get U.S. news outlets to print stories that Tymoshenko had paid for a murder of a Ukrainian official, according to a criminal information.

a document also says Manafort “orchestrated a scheme to have, as he wrote in a contemporaneous communication, ‘[O]bama jews’ put pressure on a administration to disavow Tymoshenko & support Yanukovych,” a document said.

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Original post by Karoli Kuns and software by Elliott Back

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