Paul Manafort will plead GUILTY to federal charges in a deal with prosecutors

According to reports, Paul Manafort, 69, is discussing an agreement with prosecutors in DC

According to reports, Paul Manafort, 69, is discussing an agreement with prosecutors in DC

According to reports, Paul Manafort, 69, is discussing an agreement with prosecutors in DC

Prosecutors filed a new indictment against Paul Manafort on Friday, when the former president of the Donald Trump campaign agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes.

Manafort was due to appear in court Friday morning in what the Special Robert Mueller office announced was a hearing and plea agreement at 11:00 am.

The office of Special Advisor Robert Mueller sent the new outstanding criminal information that establishes a series of charges against Manafort on Friday morning.

New exhibitions contained in the accusation show that Manafort promotes an "action plan" to follow & # 39; offensively & # 39; and shows what Ukraine is doing & # 39; – Actions that seem to indicate a lobbying effort by the US UU

Also included is a 2010 memo that Manafort wrote to pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich promoting a "Public Relations and Government Program". that Manafort said he created.

The specific details of his statement were not immediately known. The New York Times reported that prosecutors accused Manafort of one count of conspiracy and another of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The times reported that they were withdrawing five charges related to money laundering and lobbying disclosure violations.

DATE JUDGE: Kathleen Manafort (L), wife of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, arrives before a preliminary hearing for Paul Manafort before his next trial on a series of charges arising from the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on the Russian interference in the 2016 elections in the US District Court. UU in Washington, USA US, September 14, 2018

DATE JUDGE: Kathleen Manafort (L), wife of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, arrives before a preliminary hearing for Paul Manafort before his next trial on a series of charges arising from the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on the Russian interference in the 2016 elections in the US District Court. UU in Washington, USA US, September 14, 2018

DATE JUDGE: Kathleen Manafort (L), wife of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, arrives before a preliminary hearing for Paul Manafort before his next trial on a series of charges arising from the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on the Russian interference in the 2016 elections in the US District Court. UU in Washington, USA US, September 14, 2018

Kathleen Manafort arrives at court while her husband prepares to plead guilty to federal charges

Kathleen Manafort arrives at court while her husband prepares to plead guilty to federal charges

Kathleen Manafort arrives at court while her husband prepares to plead guilty to federal charges

However, the formal accusation meant that Manafort did not register as a foreign agent, laundered funds and concealed payments from Ukraine that reached $ 60 million.

An allegation allows Manafort to avoid a trial in Washington, D.C. Manafort has already been convicted in federal court in Virginia.

A hearing scheduled for Friday morning was delayed at 11:00 a.m., indicating the last-minute maneuvers in the case.

The Manafort criminal indictment was changed to a plea agreement, special attorney Peter Carr told the Post Friday morning.

The special lawyer's office issued an official statement Friday that has not yet confirmed the guilty plea.

& # 39; A supplementary criminal information against Paul J. Manafort, Jr., 69, of Alexandria, Virginia, has been filed today in the District of Columbia, which alleges a conspiracy against the United States (money laundering, tax fraud, do not file a report Reports of bank accounts abroad, which violate the Law on Registration of Foreign Agents and lie and misrepresent before the Department of Justice) and a conspiracy to obstruct justice (manipulation of witnesses), "according to Mueller's office .

President Donald Trump praised Manafort after his conviction by a jury in Virginia

President Donald Trump praised Manafort after his conviction by a jury in Virginia

President Donald Trump praised Manafort after his conviction by a jury in Virginia

& # 39; Additional information will be provided in the near future & # 39;

On Thursday night, ABC News reported that Manafort had reached a tentative agreement to avoid a second criminal trial.

The latest allegation states that Manafort laundered more than $ 30 million to buy property, goods and services in the US. UU And "cheated the United States with more than $ 15 million in taxes."

The agreement comes a few days before a jury from Washington, D.C. It is a blanket, in a place where Manafort would face an uphill climb.

The former president of the Trump campaign and his lawyers spent four hours on Thursday in talks with the special prosecutor's office of Robert Mueller to try to stop his second trial.

An SUV that was transporting to Manafort was discovered in the offices used by Mueller on Thursday afternoon.

But it is not clear if the agreement means that it will change and cooperate with Mueller.

The agreement is expected to be announced in court in Washington D.C. on Friday.

Manafort could simply plead guilty to some or all of the charges without cooperating and even reaching an agreement. Such a measure could save you some of the enormous expense of paying to defend yourself during a second trial, while potentially mitigating the amount of time the 69-year-old man would spend in jail.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had previously told Politico that the president is not worried that Manafort might accept a guilty plea.

Manafort was scheduled to go to trial in D.C. on September 17 for charges that include money laundering and not registering as a foreign agent. The selection of the jury begins that day with opening arguments to follow a week later.

Before the deal came up, Giuliani said: "We can see a reason why he might want to do that." What is the need for another test?

& # 39; They have enough to put him in jail. Your lawyer will argue that you should not. The judge should decide this. No, Mueller. I think it's pretty clear if they were going to get something from him, they would have done it already.

& # 39; What's the point in continuing to harass him? & # 39;

Manafort was convicted on eight charges at his first trial last month, and was said to be discussing a plea agreement before the second trial, which he has now held

Manafort was convicted on eight charges at his first trial last month, and was said to be discussing a plea agreement before the second trial, which he has now held

Manafort was convicted on eight charges at his first trial last month, and was said to be discussing a plea agreement before the second trial, which he has now held

President Trump has expressed his sympathy for what is happening to his former campaign manager

President Trump has expressed his sympathy for what is happening to his former campaign manager

President Trump has expressed his sympathy for what is happening to his former campaign manager

The key to Manafort's strategy is whether it believes it can count on President Trump's pardon, which has already used its pardoning power against prominent conservatives, including Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump took the unusual step of publicly praising Manafort immediately after his conviction on eight charges by a Virginia jury.

"I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family," Trump tweeted.

He then took a picture of his own Justice Department, which prosecuted his former campaign chairman, and favorably compared Manafort to attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to the campaign finance charges and told the court that Trump would do so. "I order" to commit violations.

& # 39; Justice & # 39; he took a tax case 12 years ago, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, refused to "break" – Invent stories to get a & # 39; deal. & # 39; That respect for a brave man! Trump wrote.

Another possible factor in the possible statement is how many of Manafort's assets he would be forced to give up, and if he is able to preserve more assets for his family when making a deal.

Manafort is already in jail while awaiting his second trial, after prosecutors accused him of having participated in the manipulation of witnesses before his trial in Virginia.

"The advantage of Manafort in trying to extract some kind of beneficial treatment from prosecutors will disappear if it does not take the opportunity to reach an agreement before the next trial begins," said former federal prosecutor Robert. Mintz to the Washington Post.

Manafort was convicted of eight counts of tax and bank fraud in an August trial in Virginia court. He has not been sentenced yet.

Trump and his team are not worried about a possible plea agreement, Giuliani said, because they are convinced that Manafort does not have harmful information about the president.

"From our perspective, we want him to do the right thing for himself," Giuliani said. "There is no fear that Paul Manafort will cooperate against the president because there is nothing to cooperate with and we have long evaluated him as an honorable man."

A plea agreement could benefit Trump as it would keep Manafort and Russia's investigation out of the news before the next midterm elections.

And, given the nature of the charges with which he was convicted in Virginia, at age 69 Manafort could face life imprisonment simply for those convictions.

Despite the fact that Manafort's charges stem from his lobbying business and not from his campaign work for Trump, the prosecution came from Mueller's investigation into Russia's electoral meddling.

And Manafort was part of the infamous meeting of the Trump Tower in June 2016, where he, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with a lawyer related to the Kremlin who claimed to have problems with Hillary Clinton.

Generally, the treatment of the lawsuit requires the person to share useful information with prosecutors, but prosecutors sometimes give concessions to someone who will not cooperate but who is willing to plead guilty to certain charges.

Giuliani confirmed that the legal team of Trump and Manafort are in regular contact and that they are part of a joint defense agreement that allows the sharing of confidential information.

Such an agreement would allow frequent communication between the lawyers of the two men. These contacts could inform Manafort's decision-making, since it considers whether to make a deal, whether to cooperate, and whether it believes it is likely to obtain a presidential pardon.

Last year, Trump's attorney at the time, John Dowd, expressed the idea of ​​a presidential pardon for the lawyers of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn and Manafort, the New York Times reported in March.

The report raised questions about whether Mueller in turn could investigate whether the pardon offers were extended as a way to influence the testimony, which could appear in a case of obstruction of justice.

Dowd denied having discussed forgiveness at that time. & # 39; There were no discussions. Period, "he said." As far as I know, there are no discussions. "

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the president is not worried about the possibility of Paul Manafort turning

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the president is not worried about the possibility of Paul Manafort turning

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the president is not worried about the possibility of Paul Manafort turning

The president has expressed his sympathy for Manafort, unlike his reaction to his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to eight charges on the same day Manafort was convicted.

"I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family," Trump tweeted after the verdict of the Virginia trial. & # 39; Justice & # 39; he took a tax case 12 years ago, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, refused to "break" – Invent stories to get a & # 39; deal. & # 39; That respect for a brave man!

There have been speculations that the president could forgive Manafort, who has not rammed.

He has praised his former campaign president for not turning around.

"One of the reasons I respect Paul Manafort so much is that he went through that trial, you know they make up stories, people make up stories, throw everything, they call it, I know everything about turning around," Trump said. Fox & Friends "last month.

& # 39; It's called flipping, and it should almost be illegal. … For 30, 40 years I have been observing fins. Everything is wonderful and then they spend 10 years in jail and they … they turn around the next highest or highest person. "

THE PROBE OF ROBERT MUELLER UNTIL NOW: EIGHT CONVICTIONS, INCLUDING THREE TRUMPY HELPERS, A JAILED ATTORNEY AND 25 RUSSIAN DEFENDANTS

GUILTY: MICHAEL FLYNN

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in December 2017. Pending sentencing

Flynn was former President Trump's national security adviser and Robert Mueller's senior leader to date. He previously served as a three-star general as director of President Obama's Defense Intelligence Agency, but was fired.

He admitted to lying to special investigators about his conversations with a Russian ambassador in December 2016. He has agreed to cooperate with the special lawyer's investigation.

GUILTY: MICHAEL COHEN

He pleaded guilty to eight charges, including fraud and two violations of campaign funding in August 2018. Pending sentencing

Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer for a long time, and began working for him and the Trump Organization in 2007. He is the oldest member of Trump's inner circle to be implicated by Mueller. Cohen professed an unwavering devotion for Trump and arranged for payments to silence two women who claimed to have sex with the then-candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. He admitted that the payments to both women were serious violations of campaign financing and admitted that he acted in the "address" of "Candidate-1": Donald Trump.

He also admitted to tax fraud by lying about his income from loans he made, money from the taxi medallions he owned and other sources of income, at a cost to the Treasury of $ 1.3 million.

Role of the campaign: Paul Manafort presided over Trump's campaign for four months, which included the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where he appeared on stage with Trump, who was preparing to formally accept the Republican nomination.

Role of the campaign: Paul Manafort presided over Trump's campaign for four months, which included the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where he appeared on stage with Trump, who was preparing to formally accept the Republican nomination.

GUILTY: PAUL MANAFORT

He is convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud in August 2018. Waiting for sentence and second trial

Manafort worked for the Trump campaign since March 2016 and presided over it from June to August 2016, overseeing that Trump was adopted as a Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He is the most veteran campaign officer to be involved by Mueller. Manafort was one of the most influential pressure groups in Washington DC but in 2015, his money dried up and the following year he went to Trump for help, offering himself as his campaign president for free, hoping to earn more money . after. But Mueller uncoiled his previous finances and discovered years of fiscal and banking fraud while coining cash from pro-Russian parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of tax and banking fraud, but was convicted of eight counts. The jury was stuck in the other 10 charges. A second test under the accusation of not registering as a foreign agent expires in September.

GUILTY: RICK GATES

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and to make false statements in February 2018. Pending sentencing

Gates was the former deputy of Manafort in the political consultancy DMP International. He admitted conspiring to defraud the US government. UU In financial activities, and lying to investigators about a meeting that Manafort had with a member of Congress in 2013. As a result of his guilty plea and promise of cooperation, prosecutors overturned the charges against Gates in the bank fraud, conspiracy of fraud banking, failure to disclose bank accounts abroad, filing false tax returns, helping to prepare false tax returns and false modification of tax returns.

GUILTY: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in October 2017. Pending sentencing

Papadopoulos was a member of the Donald Trump campaign foreign policy advisory committee. He admitted to lying to special investigators about his contacts with the London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, director of a group of experts funded by the Russian government.

He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation of the special lawyer.

GUILTY: RICHARD PINEDO

Declared guilty of identity fraud in February 2018. Pending sentencing

Pinedo is a 28-year old computer specialist from Santa Paula, California. He admitted selling bank account numbers to Russian citizens through the Internet that he had obtained using stolen identities.

He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation of the special lawyer.

GUILTY AND JAILED: ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in February 2018. Earlier this year he served a 30-day prison sentence and was deported to the Netherlands when he was released.

Van der Zwaan is a Dutch lawyer from Skadden Arps who worked on a Ukrainian political analysis report for Paul Manafort in 2012.

He admitted to lying to special investigators about the last time he spoke with Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik.

GUILTY: W. SAMUEL PATTEN

He pleaded guilty in August 2018 not to register as a lobbyist while working for a Ukrainian political party. Waiting for sentence.

Patten, a long-time lobbyist D.C. was a business partner of Paul Manafort. He pleaded guilty to admitting organizing an illegal donation of $ 50,000 for Trump's inauguration.

He made arrangements for a & # 39; straw donor & # 39; American will pay $ 50,000 to the inaugural committee, knowing that it was really for a Ukrainian businessman.

Neither the American nor the Ukrainian have been named.

LOADED: KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK

Accused of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Kilimnik is a former employee of the Manafort political consultancy and helped him with the lobbying work in Ukraine. He is accused of manipulating witnesses, after he allegedly contacted people who had worked with Manafort to remind them that Manafort was only doing lobbying work for them outside the US. UU

He has been linked to Russian intelligence and is currently believed to be in Russia, which is beyond the reach of extradition by the Mueller team.

INDICATED: THE RUSSIAN

Twenty-five Russian citizens and three Russian entities have been accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Two of these Russian citizens were also charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and 11 were charged with conspiracy to launder money. Fifteen of them were also accused of identity fraud.

Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the charges. Russia effectively prohibits the extradition of its nationals. The only possibility that Mueller has to present to a US jury is if Interpol has their names on an international detention list, which is not made public, and they set foot in a territory that extradites the US. UU

POLITICS, SEX AND LIES: THE ASCENT AND THE FALL OF PAUL MANAFORT

IIn just two years, Paul Manafort went from being one of the most requested Republican lobbyists in Washington to being a political pariah, and now his conviction will seal that status forever.

It has been a long and spectacular fall for the former campaign manager of Trump, 69, the son of a small-town mayor who worked for four US presidents. UU And he won his fortune as Washington's spokesman for some of the most notorious dictators in the world.

Today Manafort has few defenders in the nation's capital, after being convicted of tax fraud and accused of not registering as a foreign agent by special lawyer Robert Mueller.

Even the former head of Manafort, President Trump, said he would never have hired the former lobbyist if he had known about the accusations.

"Paul Manafort entered the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time (he represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many others over the years), but we should have told us that Comey and the boys they were doing a number on him, and he would not have been hired! Trump wrote in a Twitter post in June.

Power brokers: Paul Manafort, his future business partners Roger Stone and Lee Atwater, were photographed as young Republican agents. Stone, a confidant of Trump and a famous dirty political trickster is now fighting the Mueller probe; Atwater died in 1991, a former RNC president with a reputation for dirty campaigns. The three took advantage of their political work by pressing the elected

Power brokers: Paul Manafort, his future business partners Roger Stone and Lee Atwater, were photographed as young Republican agents. Stone, a confidant of Trump and a famous dirty political trickster is now fighting the Mueller probe; Atwater died in 1991, a former RNC president with a reputation for dirty campaigns. The three took advantage of their political work by pressing the elected

Power brokers: Paul Manafort, his future business partners Roger Stone and Lee Atwater, were photographed as young Republican agents. Stone, a confidant of Trump and a famous dirty political trickster is now fighting the Mueller probe; Atwater died in 1991, a former RNC president with a reputation for dirty campaigns. The three took advantage of their political work by pressing the elected

Manafort, grandson of an Italian immigrant, grew up in an unconditional Republican home in New Britain, Connecticut.

When he was 16 years old, his father Paul John Manafort Sr. was elected mayor of New Britain and served for three terms.

In 1981, Manafort Sr. was accused, but later acquitted, of perjury charges in a widespread corruption and bribery scandal in the city that also trapped police and fire chiefs.

After Catholic parochial schools and graduating from the Law School of Georgetown University, Manafort went on to work as an adviser to Republican presidents Gerald Ford.

He served as an advisor to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. The presidential campaign of Bush and Bob Dole.

But he, and his business partners, resolved how to turn political advice into a source of cash: pressuring the very politicians they had helped choose.

He was a co-founder of a prestigious lobbying firm with former Nixon adviser Roger Stone and other partners who bought their access to the top Republicans from US companies. UU., State and municipal governments, and anyone who pays.

That came to encompass the wider world as well; Manafort's lobbying list included brutal regimes willing to pay high fees for their services, including Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Zaire's military leader Mobutu Sese Seko.

Betrayed: Kathleen Manafort stayed with her husband despite the fact that her family had found her lover's test on Instagram; she attended every minute of her trial

Betrayed: Kathleen Manafort stayed with her husband despite the fact that her family had found her lover's test on Instagram; she attended every minute of her trial

Betrayed: Kathleen Manafort stayed with her husband despite the fact that her family had found her lover's test on Instagram; she attended every minute of her trial

Manafort founded his own political consulting firm in 2005, bringing his former inmate Rick Gates as his trusted assistant.

He also continued to face controversial clients. In 2010, Manafort helped elect Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, head of the Party of Regions allied with Putin in Ukraine.

The victory was worth it: between 2010 and 2014, federal investigators said the Manafort firm won a "spigot in cash": $ 60 million in fees from political sponsors of the Regions Party.

According to prosecutors, Manafort hid the funds in a series of offshore bank accounts and shell companies, and did not disclose the income on their tax returns. In total, they claim that they evaded taxes on $ 15 million.

But after Yanukovych was elected out of power by the Ukrainian Parliament in 2014, the fortunes of Manafort suddenly changed. He stopped receiving payments from the wealthy supporters of Yanukovych's oligarchy and began having problems paying his bills.

This is when prosecutors claim that Manafort began applying for loans using false financial information. In total, they said that he swindled the banks for $ 20 million.

The alleged crimes of Manafort were discovered in the course of an investigation by a special lawyer led by Robert Mueller, who has been investigating the possible Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the collusion with the Trump campaign.

In addition to the trial for tax and banking fraud in Alexandria, Virginia, Manafort also faces additional charges for not registering as a foreign agent for its work in Ukraine. That trial will take place in Washington, D.C.

Even before charges were brought against him, Manafort's personal life had been falling apart, according to years of pirated text messages between his daughters Andrea, 32, and Jessica, 36, who posted online.

According to the messages, Manafort's family had surprised him by having an affair with a woman who was about the same age as her daughters, renting an expensive house in the Hamptons and paying her credit card bill.

They discovered the romance after seeing the messages of the woman bragging about her expensive trips and dinners on Instagram.

Manafort, who suffered an emotional collapse according to messages, committed to a psychiatric clinic in Arizona in 2015.

Texts: the daughters of Manafort, Jessica (at that time married to Jeff Yohai) and Andrea exchanged text messages that were pirated revealing their business and calling him a psychopath.

Texts: the daughters of Manafort, Jessica (at that time married to Jeff Yohai) and Andrea exchanged text messages that were pirated revealing their business and calling him a psychopath.

Texts: the daughters of Manafort, Jessica and Andrea (who is married to Christopher Shand) exchanged text messages that were pirated revealing their business and calling him a psychopath.

Texts: the daughters of Manafort, Jessica and Andrea (who is married to Christopher Shand) exchanged text messages that were pirated revealing their business and calling him a psychopath.

Texts: The daughters of Manafort, Jessica (left, with her ex-husband Jeff Yohai) and Andrea (right with her husband Christopher Shand) exchanged text messages that were hacked revealing their business and calling him a psychopath.

Lobby Fruits: This is the condominium that dominates the Potomac, where the FBI raided Manafort by order of Mueller. He bought it for $ 2.75 million, part of a real estate empire that was conservatively worth $ 15 million

Lobby Fruits: This is the condominium that dominates the Potomac, where the FBI raided Manafort by order of Mueller. He bought it for $ 2.75 million, part of a real estate empire that was conservatively worth $ 15 million

Lobby Fruits: This is the condominium that dominates the Potomac, where the FBI raided Manafort by order of Mueller. He bought it for $ 2.75 million, part of a real estate empire that was conservatively worth $ 15 million

After being released in 2016, claiming he had "a new vision" of himself, he joined the Trump campaign and became the campaign director of the candidate during the crucial months surrounding the Republican National Convention.

His daughter Andrea had a different vision of that. She wrote in a leaked text to a friend, who was not named in the escape: "Trump probably has more moral than my father. Which is just saying something about my dad. My dad is a psychopath! At least triumph, let your wives leave it. Also, Trump has been a good father. "

And she also sent a text message: & # 39; Trump waited a bit too much in my opinion, but I can attest to the fact that he has now hired one of the world's greatest manipulators. I hope my father does. Then I can sell my memories with all their dirty secrets for a good penny. "

His other daughter, Jessica Manafort, filed a lawsuit to change her name to Jessica Bond in August, after her conviction, and told the Los Angeles Times: "I am a passionate liberal and a registered Democrat, and this has been difficult for me."

Despite the clearly unhappy family, Manafort's wife, Kathleen, was by his side before his infidelity.

She loyally attended each day of her trial for tax fraud, always sitting in line directly behind her defense table.

Since June, Manafort has been imprisoned for alleged manipulation of witnesses related to his case as a foreign agent. He has been serving that sentence in the Alexandria County jail, which is near the federal court where his tax and banking fraud trial was conducted.

After his conviction for eight of the 18 counts, he was kept inside because the result did not affect the accusation of witness tampering.

In a recent police photo, the Manafort fashion conscious sports a jail suit and an incipient beard. His brown hair, which he previously dyed, is now dyed gray.

The former lobbyist, who once spent $ 18,000 on a python skin jacket, was also forced to attend his trial without socks, because he reportedly refused the targets he should use as an inmate.

Manafort's conviction even affected the legacy of his father, a popular three-term mayor in New Britain, Connecticut, from 1965 to 1971, who was investigated for corruption, but unlike his son, he was never charged.

In August, the city changed a street named after the former mayor of & # 39; Paul Manafort Drive & # 39; a & # 39; Paul Manafort Mr. Drive & # 39; in order to distance him from the controversy surrounding the trial of Manafort.

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