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Manafort agrees to cooperate with Mueller after pleading guilty

Paul Manafort on July 19, 2016, on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Manafort on July 19, 2016, on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Used with permission/Tom Williams/Tribune News Service

Paul Manafort on July 19, 2016, on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Used with permission/Tom Williams/Tribune News Service

Used with permission/Tom Williams/Tribune News Service

Paul Manafort on July 19, 2016, on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 A few weeks after former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes and a week before the jury selection for what would have been his second round of trials, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to CNBC.

 In exchange for a reduced sentence, Manafort agreed to fully cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department in the ongoing Russia Investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Manafort’s sentencing has also been held back, until mid-November as reported by CNN.

 While Manafort will cooperate with Mueller, it is unknown if this means that he will be used to indict President Donald Trump. When asked about the possible connection between Manafort’s guilt and President Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was recorded by ABC News as saying “This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated.”

 Counsel to the President, Rudolph W.L. Giuliani echoed this sentiment, being quoted as saying “the President did nothing wrong, and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.” While the latter is to be expected by Mueller and his team, it is still unknown when he will confirm the former, as the investigation continues to pick up momentum.

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