Mueller Begins Seizing Manafort’s Assets, Including Trump Tower Condo

Mueller Begins Seizing Manafort’s Assets, Including Trump Tower Condo

Robert Mueller’s team sought the forfeiture of several assets owned by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday as part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Mueller’s team listed five properties in New York, three bank accounts, and one life insurance policy that belong to Manafort in the court document.

Manafort pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice through his attempts to tamper with witnesses. He also admitted to money laundering and foreign lobbying violations related to his work for pro-Russian Ukrainians. Those charges would be dropped if he complies with an agreement to cooperate in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Fox News reports:

The condo is among the four other listed properties in New York that the special counsel is seeking to seize, according to court documents. Three bank accounts and one life insurance policy are also the target of the forfeiture.

As part of the plea deal, Manafort agreed to forfeit multiple assets, including the condo and bank accounts. Prosecutors said in the court filing that the government would take control and custody on or after Oct. 20 of the Trump Tower condo and a luxury estate in the Hamptons.

He will keep the properties in Florida and Virginia, where his family lives.

The former Trump campaign chairman also admitted he laundered money and violated foreign lobbying laws with his work for pro-Russian Ukrainians.

But the charges of money laundering and lobbying violations could be dropped if Manafort cooperates with investigators.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the judge last month that Manafort’s deal includes a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, who are investigating whether any Trump associates played a role in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. That could include interviews with prosecutors and testifying in court.

In August, in a separate trial in Virginia, a federal jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of federal tax and banking crimes.

Manafort faces up to 10 years on these charges in Washington. He still faces sentencing for his guilty verdict in Virginia.


 

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