(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort allowed us cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling from the 2019 U.S. election as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said on Friday.
Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to two criminal counts, becoming quite possibly the most prominent former Trump campaign official to strike a plea deal with Mueller’s investigation.
Trump has denied any collusion with Russian officials by his campaign and contains long denounced your research as a political witch hunt. Moscow denies U.S. intelligence agency allegations it interfered from the political process.
(The court documents related to Mueller’s investigation have reached www.justice.gov/sco)
Mueller told Trump’s attorneys in March he was continuing to review the Republican president but couldn’t consider him a criminal target “at this time,” the Washington Post reported at the beginning of April.
The following is a list of people who had been indicted or convicted or are usually now being investigated:
** On Sept. 7, George Papadopoulos, an early campaign adviser to Trump, was sentenced to A fortnight in prison. He or she pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents concerning the timing and significance of his contacts, along with a professor who told him the Russians had “dirt” on Trump’s Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
According to documents released regarding his guilty plea, Papadopoulos available to help set up a meeting with then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
** On Aug. 31, Samuel Patten, 47, a us who is the work partner from a Russian national accused by your special counsel’s office associated with ties to Russian intelligence, pleaded guilty to unregistered lobbying for the pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine. He also agreed to cooperate with investigators.
** On Aug. 21, Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Los angeles to campaign finance violations and also other charges, saying he earned payments to run the 2019 election for the direction to a candidate for federal office. The offer included a likely prison sentence as much as five years and 11 weeks.
** Also on Aug. 21, a jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, found former Trump campaign chairman Manafort guilty on eight of 18 charges of filing false tax returns, failing to disclose his offshore accounts and bank fraud. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts, which were dismissed factored in Manafort’s plea deal on Sept. 14 with a second case against him in Washington.
** Michael Flynn, an old national security adviser to Trump who has been also a close campaign aide, pleaded guilty in December to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia and provided to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. Mueller and Flynn’s defense team last month asked for more hours before Flynn is sentenced.
** Rick Gates, an ancient deputy campaign chairman for Trump, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy with United States and lying to investigators, and accepted cooperate together with the Mueller investigation.
** Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer who once worked closely with Manafort and Gates, pleaded guilty in February to lying to Mueller’s investigators about contacts with an official while in the Trump election campaign. Van der Zwaan, the Dutch son-in-law of just one of Russia’s richest men, was sentenced on April 3 to Month in prison and fined $20,000.
** Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by the federal grand jury on July 13, accused of hacking Democratic Party computer networks in 2019, in your most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled during the presidential election to Trump. The Russian government has repeatedly denied meddling on the election.
** Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted in Mueller’s investigation in February, charged with tampering in the 2019 election to assist Trump.
** Richard Pinedo, that was not related to the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in a case connected to the Mueller probe in February to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity theft by creating, buying and stealing many hundreds bank account numbers which they sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies. Pinedo “developed mistake” but “had zero knowledge” about who was buying the information or their motivations, his lawyer said. Sources no stranger to the indictment said Pinedo was named as helping Russian conspirators launder money together with purchase Facebook ads and purchase rally supplies.
** Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort aide in Ukraine and political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, was charged on June 21 with tampering with witnesses about their past lobbying for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.