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Sep 14, 2018

This Week: In Blow To Trump, Mueller Finally Gets Manafort To Flip

After months of insisting on his innocence, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort finally flipped, agreeing in a plea deal announced Friday to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In a D.C. federal courtroom, Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of obstruction of justice through witness tampering. Manafort will remain in jail for the time being, and has to forfeit four of his homes, as well as other assets. The government imposed a 10-year cap on jail time for the disgraced political lobbyist in exchange for him cooperating “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” on “any and all matters” identified by the government. Addressing reporters outside the courthouse, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said that his client’s decision was made in the interest of keeping his family “safe” and noted that it related to Ukrainian lobbying work that “dates back many years.” The President had previously praised Manafort for refusing to “break” and…

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