Manafort was facing a second trial set to begin on Monday on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.
Manafort has agreed in his plea to cooperate with the federal probe to determine the extent that Russian government interests attempted to influence and alter the outcome of the 2016 election. In comments to Politico before the plea deal, Giuliani said a plea without a cooperation agreement wouldn't foreclose the possibility of a pardon.
Trump's former Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on 8 charges of financial fraud, but as he's staring down the barrel of another trial, he's decided to take make a deal with Mueller.
The White House says Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller is "totally unrelated" to President Donald Trump.
And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Mr Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence. He offered his thoughts on Twitter a day before Manafort's plea deal was announced, saying he believes Trump will resign within two weeks. "Now, he plays out the string, but I think he cuts it", Litman said. "Mueller would not have given him a deal unless Manafort was able to help Mueller make a case against someone else or significantly strengthen an existing case". In DC, his seven criminal counts are rewritten as two.
As part of Manafort's lobbying scheme, Manafort solicited a US law firm to write a report evaluating the trial of Yanukovych's political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko. It's still not clear what will happen to those charges in Virginia federal court.
Because it's Friday, that means we're getting a massive news dump.
"Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign", Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Friday.More news: Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries
It was the second version of the statement.
President Donald Trump is not going to be very happy about this most recent news.
2016: Paul Manafort in his role as campaign chairman ahead of the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But last month, Trump expressed sympathy for him. 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.
Prosecutors filed new charging documents against Manafort which contained a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.
"And prosecutors would naturally follow the money trail from Manafort's Ukrainian consulting activities".
Manafort, Trump's top political operative from May to August 2016, has always been considered one of the bigger fish for Muller's office.
In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Manafort's deal could also prompt other subjects of Mueller's investigation to cooperate, causing "the proverbial snowball to roll down the hill", Waxman said. Or Trump could be to fire both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which would give him the ability to instruct the Justice Department to terminate the Mueller investigation immediately.
If so, it will not be forgotten by the White House that Manafort fought a long and determined war with federal prosecutors at great personal cost while remaining loyal to the President.