Paul Manafort forfeits luxurious properties under plea deal

Aaron Brown
September 19, 2018

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesRobert Mueller has extensive experience prosecuting organized crime and white collar cases from his time as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Trump faces fallout after Manafort flips Graham to renew call for second special counsel Trump says he's getting "tremendous accolades" on hurricane prep MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation will finish unimpeded. What's the need for another trial?.They've got enough to put him in jail. At least one more person has been caught up in the Ukraine work, too: Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who earlier this year. Furthermore, he secretly retained four former heads of state and senior officials from Europe, including a former Austrian chancellor, an Italian prime minister and a Polish president, who were all being paid by Ukraine to give favorable assessments of the country. "But the mid-terms, probably, are considerably more important to the long-term future of the Russian Federation investigation".

But he agreed to forfeit several properties, including an apartment at Trump Tower in NY, and bank accounts as part of a deal in which he will cooperate with the Special Counsel.

PAUL Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will forfeit an estimated US$22 million worth of real estate in NY - including three Manhattan apartments, a Brooklyn town house and a home in the Hamptons - as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors announced last Friday.

It's possible prosecutors would seek Manafort's cooperation in ongoing investigations into the lobbyists, the law firm and Kilimnik.

Going up the ladder is critical in these types of cases because the organization typically has a hierarchical structure and a clear chain of command.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel's office. "So the best way to penetrate that closed inner circle is by flipping people, and flipping them up". Following Manafort's plea, he issued a statement: "I am uncertain of the details of Paul's plea deal but certain it has no bearing on me since neither Paul Manafort or anyone else can testify truthfully that I am involved in Russian collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration or any other illegal act pertaining to the 2016 election".

As compiled by Vox.com, of the eight Americans were members of the 2016 Trump campaign, or somehow associated with the campaign, all eight have ultimately taken deals with Mueller and entered guilty pleas.

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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.

"We can see a reason why he might want to do that". Manafort's decision to cooperate deals a political setback to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6. His plea in December to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation requires Flynn to cooperate with prosecutors.

But while the White House projected confidence about its position, some officials privately acknowledged that they could not be sure what Manafort might expose about the campaign or about interactions with Russians.

"It is very likely that Paul Manafort has indicated through his counsel and directly that he can provide very helpful information, useful information to get to the bottom of what Bob Mueller and his team have been charged to do", Starr said. Who did you report to? That probe was later taken over by Mueller.

The probe has cast a shadow over the Republican's presidency.

"These cases usually aren't paper heavy because there's no email trail or documentation", he added. What are the implications for the Russian Federation investigation?

Paul Manafort has made a "tentative" plea deal to avoid a second criminal trial, ABC News reported Thursday.

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