Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to deceive the United States and conspiracy to obstruct judicial justice and agreed to cooperate with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller in the Ottoman investigation.
Although the White House immediately responded that Trump had nothing to do with Manafords plea agreement, American public opinion generally believed that the incident would have a major impact on Trump and the Tung Russian Gate investigation.
According to Xinhua News Agency reported on September 15, Muller team prosecutor Andrew Westman said in Washington, D.C. federal district court that day, Manaford has reached a cooperation agreement with them. Mana Ford later told the court judge that he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Manaford was charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States, unregistered as a foreign agent, interference with witnesses and so on. The court originally tried to hear the case recently. According to the plea agreement, Manaford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deceive the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice charges, both of which did not involve Trumps campaign, and other charges were dismissed. Mana Ford will also avoid appearing in court again.
Manaford could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail and six years in custody, and a fine of up to $500,000, according to NBC. In addition, under the plea agreement, he will be confiscated of five New York properties, all funds in four bank accounts and a life insurance policy.
After mana Ford pleaded guilty, the white house immediately stepped aside to clarify the relationship between Trump and the plea agreement.
White House spokesman Thomas Sanders said Manafords decision to plead guilty and cooperate with Muellers investigation had nothing to do with President Trumps popularity of his 2016 campaign.
But Manaford, a former campaign manager for Trump and a prime investigater for the Tung-OMEN campaign, may have a hard time keeping Trump from this.
In 2016, Manaford attended a meeting at the Trump House between Russian delegates and the top ranks of Trumps campaign team. The meeting was designed to get information against Trumps opponent Hillary Clinton, including trumps eldest son, Trump Junior, son-in-law Kushner and other close friends.
VOX News Network pointed out that the meeting was the most suspicious event in more than a year since the Tung Ru Men investigation, in which several Russian delegates were believed to have varying degrees of relations with the Kremlin.
Reported that Manaford was the first person to participate in the meeting agreed to cooperate with Muller Tong Omen investigation.
The Atlantic Monthly quoted Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., as saying that Manafords cooperation was a great achievement for Mueller, and perhaps even the most significant progress so far in the Tung-Omen investigation.
According to CNN, Manafords guilty plea is bound to hit Trump. For Trump, the real danger is that Manaford decided to cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice to join Muellers investigation into Tung Omen. This means that investigators are getting closer and closer to Trump and his core circles.
At present, Trump has not yet commented on the matter. But at the end of August, Manaford was confirmed by Trump for failing to plead guilty and reach an agreement with former Trump private lawyer Cohen.
Trump praised Manaford on Twitter Aug. 22 for not making up stories in exchange for adeal, in honor of brave people!
Manaford, 69, joined Trumps campaign team in March 2016 and became head of the campaign team in June of the same year. He was forced to leave office in August after being paid by Ukraines pro-Russian party and lobbying for it.
On August 21, Manaford was convicted by a jury of the Federal District Court of Virginia of eight counts, including five tax fraud, two bank fraud and one concealment of overseas bank accounts.