Ever since June of last year, when Paul Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia home was raided by the FBI, at the direction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the media has been speculating on whether or not Mr. Manafort will cooperate with investigators. Since that time, Manafort has been indicted, imprisoned, and found guilty of eight felony counts, yet no indication of cooperation has come to light.
This week, however, things seem to be changing. As Manafort prepares for his second trial in Washington later this month, negotiations are reportedly underway between his attorneys and prosecutors working for the special counsel’s office.
According to Bloomberg, the negotiations relate to the charges in the second trial, and could save Mr. Manafort from having to forfeit certain assets and spend the rest of his life behind bars.
While the talks have not reached a conclusion, the fact that Manafort has yet to be sentenced for the eight felony convictions in last month’s trial means cooperation could lead to Mueller requesting a reduced sentence in that case, as well as a shorter prison sentence for the alleged crimes set forth in the Washington D.C. indictment.
Whether or not Manafort will flip on the President now that he realizes that he likely could spend his remaining years in prison, is yet to be seen, but the fact that negotiations are taking place certainly can’t have Mr. Trump feeling too confident.
Spokesmen for both Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller have declined to comment on any possible negotiations at this time.