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Mueller's team filed a document today, outlining charges of Manafort money laundering and tax fraud, and attempts to tamper with witnesses to obstruct justice. The latter charge is just a fancy way of saying he got caught moving money around and doing shady stuff for oligarchs-you know, normal Washington D.C. stuff (the worst thing to ever happen to Manafort was winning an election, if we had President Hillary Clinton right now, Manafort would still be peddling the influence of foreign nations in our nation's capital).

Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning (local time).

The White House says Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller is "totally unrelated" to President Donald Trump. The two conspiracy counts he pleaded guilty to on Friday carry up to five years in prison, though Manafort's sentence will ultimately depend on his co-operation. He also cooperated in the government's case against Manafort. In DC, his seven criminal counts are rewritten as two. "I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence", Manafort said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

Paul Manafort will plead guilty to avoid a second trial. It's still not clear what will happen to those charges in Virginia federal court.

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Friday's news may change the president's perspective.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the president did nothing wrong.

He led the campaign in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention.

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Read the charges against Manafort. And last month Trump praised Manafort for being "brave" and refusing to "break" to take a plea deal. Manafort represented pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine before his stint on the Trump campaign. In Washington, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that based on the guidelines, which are determined based on factors such as Manafort's involvement and the nature of the crimes, he faces a range of 210 to 262 months and a $400,000 fine.

Manafort will forfeit homes in NY and Virginia, and cough up the contents of five bank accounts, according to reports.

The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He was facing a second trial Monday on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

Prosecutors had accused him of hiding from USA tax authorities $16 million ($NZ24.4m) he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20m ($NZ30.5m) in loans. A long time has passed since Manafort was charged earlier this year.

It is unclear what information Manafort is prepared to provide to investigators about Trump or that could aid Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort must also cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the Justice Department in any and all matters that the government finds his cooperation to be relevant.

Sandick said one reason Mueller's team might want to do so is "in part a response to criticism of the investigation". It shows that "Manafort has something of value to offer Mueller", tweeted former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti. He was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.

Then in February, prosecutors filed new mortgage and tax fraud charges against him weeks after they discovered he was offering to secure his bail with homes tied up in his alleged mortgage fraud.


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