'Impeachment is hell': Manafort deal increases pressure on Trump

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Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes as part of a plea deal in which he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

In a plea deal to avert a second trial on money laundering and illegal lobbying charges, Manafort agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and another count of obstruction of justice. So Manafort seems to have calculated that since he couldn't count on Trump coming through for him, his only chance to avoid spending the rest of his days behind bars was to talk.

As Trump associates folded one by one over the previous year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said his client had agreed to the deal before the Washington trial was to begin because he "wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life".

Trump has repeatedly spoken out in Manafort's defence - while also seeking to distance himself from his onetime associate, saying in June that he "came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time". As part of his agreement, Manafort is surrendering bank accounts and properties potentially worth tens of millions of dollars. Jurors deadlocked on 10 other counts. Prosecutors have until August 29 to decide whether they will seek a retrial on the 10 counts where the jury hung.

Despite noting the potential significance of Manafort's testimony to the investigation, however, Starr said Sunday he hoped the information would not lead to Trump being removed from the White House. The president has not revealed his thinking but spoke sympathetically throughout the trial of his onetime aide, at one point suggesting he had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.

The question remains what information Manafort, 69, is able to provide about the president, as well as whether the Trump election effort co-ordinated with Russian Federation. Mueller is interested in that later period as part of his probe of whether Trump tried to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

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"But this was a very bad day for the Trump administration", Dershowitz continued.

Manafort urged Kushner to consider the banker, Stephen Calk, for Secretary of the Army. Prison pallid, the once high-flying Manafort, who has already spent months behind bars, responded: "I did".

Earlier this summer, Trump had sought his lawyer's advice on pardoning his former aides, including Manafort. His attorneys said he made the decision because he didn't believe the government had met its burden of proof. "I don't think - given the nature of the fight that Manafort put up, the seriousness of the crimes, and the power of the evidence of those crimes, Jon - that this deal would have been offered absent some very powerful evidence". "People are saying, look, this is outrageous", Ms Jayapal said about the ongoing investigations by former FBI director Mueller on the allegations of Russian interference in 2016 elections. It is unclear what information Manafort is prepared to provide to investigators.

Anybody who's in one of their positions, though, has to be asking themselves just how much time they have - and whether someone else might get their deal and share the information they have before they do.

Central to the government's case were depictions of an opulent lifestyle, including a $15,000 ostrich jacket, luxury suits and elaborate real estate that prosecutors say was funded through offshore wire transfers from shell companies in Cyprus and elsewhere.

The judge in the case prohibited prosecutors from entering other exhibits, including photos of "pagodas" in Manafort's yard and fancy suits.

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