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Could Paul Manafort start the cooperation with Müller’s team? A look at his options after the guilty verdict

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What this could mean Manafort judgment, Cohen a plea for Trump

Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin examines the legal consequences, the President Trump faces the following former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort, the guilty verdict and the former trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s plea deal.

Even if a federal jury Paul Manafort had been found guilty of several counts of bank and tax fraud, he would have been, back to the prison after the trial.

Manafort was found guilty of eight of the 18 counts with regard to bank and tax fraud on August 21 – almost exactly two years after his resignation from the Trump presidential campaign, in a shroud of controversy. And the former trump campaign Chairman is planned to be held in a different courtroom in September to face additional charges that include conspiracy against the United States

Manafort is the first campaign staff of trump has been found guilty by a jury as part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation.

According to the Aug. 21 guilty decision, Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, said that his clients “assess all of his options at this point.” Manafort faces a maximum 80 years in prison; a sentencing date has not yet been determined.

To read more for a look, to decide what lawyers in the coming weeks, and what could be next for Manafort.

Manafort’s choice

This courtroom drawing shows Paul Manafort, center, and members of his defence team with Kevin Downing, standing to the left, as they listen to the judgments of fraud in Federal court in Manafort to the bank and to tax evasion trial in the courtroom of the US District court judge T. S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Virginia.

(Dana Verkouteren, via AP)

It is quite likely Manafort, 69 years old, was able to for the rest of his life in prison, especially if he is found guilty in the upcoming trial in Washington, DC

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It is plausible, Manafort could be a reduction in the jail time try, if he agrees to cooperate with Mueller’s team – and if he has any information that can be confirmed by the investigators.

“I see that, Miller said, continue to squeeze [Manafort], if he sees value,” Ron Hosko, a former assistant director of the FBI, Fox News.

Manafort team could also be said against the decision, but Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, he believed that would be “fruitful” for him.

“It would be difficult to overturn, because [the case] is so fact-specific,” Tobias told Fox News. “And I think the judge was quite receptive to Manafort, in contrast to the government so I believe that the 4. Circuit is not to give, Manafort much comfort if he’s going to address.”

Müller ‘ s bump

The guilty verdicts are certainly a needed boost to Mueller’s team, and his credibility, especially as Manafort, the first former trump campaign, the employee is found guilty by a jury in this investigation. Other Trump employees, as Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, have accepted offers.

“I don’t think you can characterize this as anything other than justification for what Muller did, so far,” said Tobias. “This gives him more flexibility at the end of his investigation and move forward.”

“There’s a lot under the surface of the Müller iceberg.”

– Ron Hosko, a former assistant director of the FBI

Müller’s team was able to move, repeat the 10 charges, the jury could not decide, but Tobias is considered unlikely in view of his successes with the other eight charges.

Hosko said he did not expect that Müller makes the team a lot of time of the guilty verdicts, but forged ahead with his investigation.

“There’s a lot under the surface of the Müller iceberg,” said Hosko, adding that the verdict could be a “pivot point” for the team, looking for evidence of cooperation with Russia on other grievances.

“Look what he walked in: Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Manafort, [Michael] Cohen. These are all the people who surrounded the President himself, and that alone is very disturbing,” he added. “Maybe [Mueller] is not collusion, but also for the crime.

The Trump Card

It is possible, Trump pardon not Manafort, although he signaled yet whether he would do that, yet.

Trump has continually his dismay expressed about the verdict. On Twitter he said he feels “very bad” for his former campaign Chairman, and his “wonderful family”.

“Justice” has a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied enormous pressure on him, and in contrast to Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ stories to a ‘deal.’ Respect for a courageous man,” Trump said.

I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” has a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied enormous pressure on him, and in contrast to Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” stories to a “deal.” Respect for a brave man!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018

A large number of counts, ten, could not be decided in the Paul Manafort. Witch hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018

John Dowd, once one of the Trump-lawyers in the Russian study, discussed allegedly a possible pardon of Manafort last year.

Another attempt in his future

Manafort has a second attempt coming in mid-September. The trial, set in DC, includes allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for the Ukrainian interests, and false statements made to the U.S. government.

He is also accused of witness tampering in this case. Manafort, had been on $10 million bail, but it was repealed in June. His lawyers have said he is being held in solitary confinement.

Prosecutors in the second study, said they have more than double the proof for this case, as you disclosed, in Virginia.

Ellis, the “wild card”

The “wild card” in this case, said Hosko, U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III. During the process, Ellis mocked often the law enforcement, even at one point suggesting that a lawyer was so discouraged that he cried.

“You really don’t know about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis for a fee) during the preliminary hearing. “They’re really interested in, which can give the information that Mr. Manafort to lead you to Mr. Trump and a charge, or whatever.”

Hosko said it is possible that Ellis could sentencing guidelines ignore and give Manafort less prison time.

Hosko warned, though, that Ellis should ignore the guidelines, it could have undercut any motivation Manafort, the cooperation with Müller ‘ s team.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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