Despite guilty plea, Paul Manafort still holds the Trump card

Former Trump campaign manager Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

Former Trump campaign manager Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

He instead agreed to admit wrongdoing and cooperate fully with Mueller, turning over any documents that may be relevant to the special counsel's investigation and testifying in any proceedings where that might be necessary.

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) to cooperate with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal charges and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to even greater punishment.

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.

First came George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he stepped off a plane at Dulles International Airport and soon agreed to help the special counsel's office as part of a plea agreement.

Manafort's trial in Virginia last month gave some insight into the lifestyle he was maintaining at the properties he has forfeited. All those interests converge with Paul Manafort, so basically we want to know what can Manafort tell us about whether any of that was consummated."He's trying to get money, they're trying to get dirt, the Russians are trying to help Trump".

Starr acknowledged that Trump has the right to pardon Manafort, which the President has reportedly discussed with his legal team, but said such a move would be "unwise". Giuliani said he spoke to Trump on Friday about Manafort's plea. He's a Democrat, and he clearly has been skeptical about the Trump campaign's interactions with Russian Federation.

Moscow rejects the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that it interfered in the American democratic process and Trump denies campaign collusion.

US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is set to plead guilty to more federal charges.

Stone claimed in 2016 to have a "back channel" to WikiLeaks and seemed to predict some of the email dumps that roiled the final stretch of the presidential campaign and damaged Clinton.

Canada trade deal 'eminently possible,' Freeland says
And he has framed NAFTA as a disaster and an agreement that has brought "the US ... decades of abuse" at the hands of Canada. US President Donald Trump also said the talks, which both countries intensified in recent weeks, were coming along well.

A White House spokeswoman quickly sought to distance Trump from the plea deal, saying Manafort's admission of guilt was "totally unrelated" to Trump.

On Sunday, Mr Trump's lawyer Mr Rudy Giuliani tweeted: "Mueller can investigate endlessly and he will find no evidence".

Next to fall was Rick Gates, Trump's former deputy campaign chairman who conceded he conspired to defraud the United States and tried to deceive investigators looking into his overseas work.

"If you don't know what a cooperator is saying then it's a bad day for you because you're vulnerable".

"I'm intent on making sure that Mueller completes his investigation without political interference", he added. And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence. Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian contacts, has denied that he told anyone on the campaign about the emails.

"That's probably the longest and most detailed summary that ever preceded this question but: Is what the prosecutor said a true and accurate description of what you did in this case?"

Manafort made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians before taking an unpaid position with Trump's campaign for five months.

Fuelling speculation over Russia's role in the last presidential election is a June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in NY.

Last Thursday, Trump told Bloomberg News that he considered the investigation "illegal", a statement the president doubled down on Sunday morning.

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