Manafort Wants "No Cooperation" Plea Deal

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Manafort's lawyers have been in talks with Mueller's team about a plea deal for at least the last few weeks.

It was not immediately clear if the deal includes a cooperation component or if Manafort is simply agreeing to plead guilty in order to avoid his trial in Washington, D.C. Prosecutors said he evaded taxes on $16 million laundered through shell companies overseas.

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ABC reached out to a spokesperson for Manafort and a representative for the special counsel's office. A representative from the special counsel's office also declined to comment. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts for Manafort, however.

"With eight convictions already in place, and more possible convictions awaiting him, it seems that he has been bloodied up enough to see the light", Dressler said.

Following Manafort's conviction in Virginia, Trump said he felt "very badly" for Manafort and praised him for refusing to become a cooperating witness for the government like the president's former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, who separately pleaded guilty in NY to tax fraud, bank fraud and a campaign finance violation. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort but he has not publicly ruled it out. Jackson is allowing prosecutors to mention that Manafort was campaign chairman in August 2016 when press reports, including articles by The Associated Press, called attention to his lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the pro-Russian Party of Regions. He was one of three Trump associates present at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, arranged after Donald Trump Jr.

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"I don't think he has any information that would hurt the president", Giuliani told Reuters.

Those charges are the subject of the current plea deal. "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - makeup stories in order to get a 'deal. Such respect for a courageous man!" His onetime business partner and protégé, Rick Gates, made such a deal and appeared as the government's star witness against Manafort in his Virginia trial last month. A pretrial hearing, postponed this week, is scheduled for Friday. Mueller's team has been investigating whether his connections in the region are linked to Russia's attack on the 2016 United States election.

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