Manafort cuts a deal to help in Rus­sia probe

The Sunday Times - - World -

FORMER Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to Fed­eral charges af­ter cut­ting a deal and agree­ing to co-op­er­ate with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia probe.

The move al­lows Manafort to avoid a sec­ond trial and ends his fight against in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the probe.

Manafort was con­victed last month of eight fi­nan­cial crimes in Vir­ginia and faces seven to 10 years in prison. On Fri­day, pros­e­cu­tor An­drew Weiss­man said Manafort would plead guilty to charges re­lated to his Ukrainian po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing.

The charges do not re­late to Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which is cen­tral to Mr Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into con­tact be­tween Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign and Rus­sia.

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