Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Manafort forfeits luxury homes under plea deal

Manafort forfeits luxury homes under plea deal

Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, told CNN: "When you think about this, it isn't just the individual pieces that we're seeing, but what we're seeing is top advisers, people who ran the campaign, the campaign manager, the deputy campaign manager, the president's personal lawyer who have all pleaded guilty".

"Manafort is a key person to help us unwind whether this is the most unlikely string of improbable coincidences or whether this is an active conspiracy", said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

In Manafort's trial in Virginia, prosecutors highlighted his lavish lifestyle, including presenting evidence that he wired millions of dollars from secret overseas bank accounts to buy and renovate homes in places such as the Hamptons and suburban Washington.

On Manafort agreeing to the deal, Starr said, "Given the seriousness of the charges that were awaiting him, he did the right thing".

In a plea deal to avert a second trial on money laundering and illegal lobbying charges, Manafort agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and another count of obstruction of justice.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia and faces an estimated seven to 10 years in prison in that case. In his deal with the special counsel, he agreed to "broad" cooperation and to participate in "interviews, briefings, producing documents, testifying in other matters".

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Paul Manafort's guilty plea will cost him more than time behind bars.

"He's not going to survive Manafort's testimony", Eisen said.

Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, echoed Trump's statements disputing the death toll in Puerto Rico past year on Meet The Press today, going so far as to claim some of the hurricane-related deaths may be incidents of "spousal abuse". It is unclear what information Manafort is prepared to offer investigators about the president or that could aid Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

- He has information about crimes, but they have nothing to do with the Trump campaign. The meeting was arranged by Donald Trump Jr. after he was told the Russian had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. We have his notes.

On whether Trump could still pardon Manafort, Starr said, "He has the power to do that". Mueller is now investigating the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential poll and a possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's electoral campaign.

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