Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Cooperate with DOJ
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
(Please click on red links & note magenta)
Breaking News! Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort just pleaded guilty to two charges on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018, and will cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The plea would put a stop to his forthcoming second trial in the Russia probe. The terms of the deal includes him cooperating as a potential witness. Manafort’s decision will help to provide much information regarding whether any of the Trump’s associated conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Manafort was in the room during the infamous Trump Tower meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. Manafort was also instrumental in the changing position toward independence of Ukraine by the White House. The plea deal comes on the cusp of Manafort’s second jury trial, after the jury found him guilty of eight tax and bank fraud charges in his first trial in August. In a document filed before Manafort entered his plea (below in italics), prosecutor said that he (Manafort) was willing to admit guilt to 2 of the 7 crimes he faced, conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice. The charges stemmed from his lobbying work in Ukraine and accused him of cheating United States out of $15 million in taxes.
“… the defendant Paul J. Manafort, Jr., together with others, including Gates and Kilimnik, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency….” corruptly persuade another person, to wit: Persons D1 and D2, with intent to influence, delay and prevent the testimony of any person…” and “the defendant Paul J. Manafort, Jr., together with others, including Konstantin Kilimnik, knowingly and intentionally conspired to corruptly persuade another person, to wit: Persons D1 and D2, with intent to influence, delay and prevent the testimony of any person….”
Paul Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, makes a brief statement, saying Manafort accepted responsibility and that he “wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.” in the video “Attorney explains why Manafort pleaded guilty” below:
With his plea deal, Manafort becomes one of several defendants (including Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos) connected to the Trump campaign to cooperate or plea guilty in connection to Special Counsel Mueller’s probe. Manafort’s attorney originally insisted that he would not cooperate with Mueller and that he didn’t know any incriminating information about Trump. Manafort probably hoped that he would be pardoned by President Trump. But after Trump received legal advice from Attorney Rudy Giuliani about pardoning Manafort and other aids accused of crimes, such that Trump agreed to wait until the investigation would be concluded before handing out any pardon. Therefore, it remained unclear as to how Manafort’s guilty plea may alter his ultimate sentence.
Former prosecutor Daniel Goldman tells Ari Melber a possible plea deal will be a significant event because Manafort will have to admit to crimes that he has committed, in the video “Jailed Paul Manafort Reportedly Cutting Bob Mueller Deal” below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
~Let’s Help One Another~
Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics: