Ex-trump cam­paign chair­man pleads guilty

The Scotsman - - World News - By ERIC TUCKER

Former Don­ald Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort agreed to co­op­er­ate with the spe­cial coun­sel’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion as he yes­ter­day pleaded guilty to fed­eral charges and avoided a sec­ond trial that could have ex­posed him to even greater pun­ish­ment.

The deal gives spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller a key co-op­er­a­tor who led the Trump elec­tion ef­fort for a cru­cial stretch dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, though the White House quickly said the out­come had noth­ing to do with that. The re­sult also en­sures the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will ex­tend far be­yond the Novem­ber con­gres­sional elec­tions de­spite en­treaties from the US pres­i­dent’s lawyer that Mr Mueller bring his probe to a close.

Mr Manafort’s plea to charges was tied to his Ukrainian po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing work.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.