Manafort forfeits Trump Tower apartment in plea deal

Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel

The court filing said Manafort's homes in New York City, in the Hamptons and in Virginia, as well as money from his bank accounts and life insurance policies may be seized by the government as part of the deal.

The charging document was shared by the Special Counsel Office amid reports that Manafort would take a plea deal to avoid another trial.

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will cooperate with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after months of refusing to do so.

The forfeitures are part of an agreement to plea guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering. The government brought a large contingent, though special counsel Robert Mueller was not present. But Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign.

Last month, Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight of eighteen counts of fraud by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. "This is an existential threat to the Presidency", tweeted Mitchell Epner, a former assistant United States attorney.

At the time of Gates' plea, Manafort issued a statement saying he "had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence". They can ask for a 25 percent departure from the sentencing guidelines. The president agreed to wait at least until the investigation concludes, Giuliani has said. Having agreed to cooperate, Manafort must cooperate fully. That's boilerplate for most plea agreements.

Jackson read Manafort's plea agreement.

The agreement doesn't specify what if anything prosecutors hope to receive about Trump, but Manafort could be well-positioned to provide key insight for investigators working to establish whether the campaign coordinated with Russian Federation. "The defendant's lawyers would usually try to put some protections in there against that".

The indicted former campaign chairman, according to reporting from CBS News in late October of 2016, was the person who moved the ex-Indiana governor into the role of Donald Trump's running mate.

National security reporter and legal analyst Marcy Wheeler said she believes that Mueller made this deal "pardon proof in a couple ways that are going to become obvious in the near future". The president's former personal lawyer has separately pleaded guilty in NY.

Manafort is expected to appear in a USA district courtroom in Washington, D.C., later Friday morning. Likely, there will be a short period of time where Trump unleashes a bonanza of ludicrous tweets, followed by a peculiar silence-then, suddenly, he will wave goodbye from the tarmac, KFC bucket in hand, and get on a helicopter à la Nixon.

Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates were the first people charged in the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. "From our perspective, we want him to do the right thing for himself".

I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family.

Holding out on cooperation with Mueller's team for as long as he did only weakened Manafort's bargaining position.

A hearing in the case scheduled for Friday morning was pushed back, according to the federal court's electronic filing system. "It's pathetic to have steadfastly stayed with a non-cooperation strategy only to have to cave at the end". Given that Manafort and Trump have enjoyed an association, in one form or another, since the 1980s, it seems most improbable.

The charges were filed in a superseding criminal information - a formal criminal charge - which lays out the facts of the offense and is often the precursor to the announcement of a deal.

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