In August 2016 news broke revealing a secret ledger that surfaced in Ukraine showing Manafort had received $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych's party over a span of 5 years. Manafort's deep involvement in Ukraine and Russia was coming to light and he was forced to resign from the Trump campaign.
In October 2017, Manafort was indicted on 12 federal charges in the District of Columbia, including laundering millions of dollars through overseas shell companies stemming from his work in Ukraine, failing to register as a foreign agent, and failing to pay US taxes for money earned in Ukraine.
In February 2018 he was indicted a second time on an additional 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort decided to go to trial.
Manafort was found guilty August 2018 on 8 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion and faced a second trial in September.
After nearly a year of proclaiming his innocence Manafort made the decision to avoid the second trial by pleading guilty to two charges(one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses)and fully cooperated with special counsel Mueller on all aspects of the Russia investigation.
Manafort is a crucial witness for the Mueller investigation because he was a key linchpin between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. He can provide first hand knowledge of what happened during the Trump Tower meeting. Manafort has information on methods used by the Russian government to hack the American election as well as key information regarding Kremlin operatives.
Manafort also may be able to provide information on movement of monies sent from Russian Oligarchs to the RNC, special interest groups, and individuals connected to the Trump campaign. And Manafort's unique history with Trump may shed light into the shady dealings the Trump organization has had with members associated with the Russian mafia, and perhaps the most importantly Manafort will have an idea of what Trump knew and when.
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