Paul Manafort's scalp is flipping triumph for Team Mueller

Former Trump campaign manager Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

In a deal with the special counsel's office, Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring against the United States for his undisclosed foreign lobbying work and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.

On September 14, Trump's former campaign-chief, Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with the ongoing Mueller's investigation into accusations of Russian intervention in the 2016 polls. He did not elaborate on the agreement.

His second trial would have been related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent. Starr on Sunday urged the president not to pardon Manafort, saying such a move would be "unwise", and compared Trump's criticisms of the special counsel to the treatment he received from President Bill Clinton's administration during the Whitewater investigation.

"This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign", she said.

A White House spokeswoman quickly sought to distance Trump from the plea deal, saying Manafort's admission of guilt was "totally unrelated" to Trump.

The question now is what else Manafort has done, what he knows and what the office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller might use in its investigations or prosecutions down the line. "I think Richard Burr said from the Intel point of view that he's seen no evidence of collusion, but we're waiting on Mueller", Graham said, referring to the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Very unfair and BAD for the country.

On Sunday, Mr Trump's lawyer Mr Rudy Giuliani tweeted: "Mueller can investigate endlessly and he will find no evidence". Others who have pleaded guilty are former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Manafort's deputy Rick Gates.

Manafort was a participant in the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, sat down with a Russian lawyer thinking they would get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

In myriad, secretive and criminal ways, Manafort made tens of millions illegally advancing Kremlin interests, for instance by working with Israelis to smear Ukraine's pro-democracy government as anti-Semitic.

According to media reports, he was also seriously contemplating a pardon for Manafort, and was in talks with his personal lawyer Rudolf Guiliani regarding the same. He also was a part of the Trump campaign when the Republican Party platform was changed in a way viewed as more favorable to Russian Federation because it did not include support for arming Ukraine.

"Nothing's going to happen to Mueller's investigation politically".

Any plea agreement must have followed a "proffer", a formal declaration by Manafort or his attorneys about the scope of the information he would be able to provide the prosecutors.

- He has information about crimes, but they have nothing to do with the Trump campaign.

Trump hasn't specifically mentioned Manafort on his Twitter feed since the deal was announced, but in between messages about Hurricane Florence, the president squeezed in several posts condemning what he calls the "Rigged Russian Witch Hunt".

Democrats knew about the letter alleging the misconduct since July, Starr said, and that he thinks "it's too late for there to be any serious consideration at this stage". "Such respect for a courageous man!"

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