USA prosecutors drop some charges against Paul Manafort

Jim Jordan says Rosenstein is obligated to testify

Jim Jordan says Rosenstein is obligated to testify

Ellis said he would consider granting leniency to Manafort either before or after his sentencing, depending on when his cooperation ends and whether prosecutors ask him to do so.

From the time he took on the special counsel's financial crimes case against Manafort, Ellis has repeatedly jousted with prosecutors and questioned their motives for bringing the case against President Trump's former campaign manager.

His lawyer, Kevin Downing, said Manafort is suffering "significant issues" with his health at the Alexandria jail, and he requested an expedited sentencing so that Manafort could be moved from the jail.

US prosecutors on Friday agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on earlier this year, as a federal judge set a February 8 date for Manafort's sentencing on charges of bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

As part of the deal, Mr Mueller did not have to decide whether to prosecute Manafort on 10 remaining charges until after he is done co-operating or is sentenced - whichever came last.

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Manafort, 69, wore a dark green jail jumpsuit and never rose from his wheelchair Friday as he appeared for the first time since his August 21 conviction on bank- and tax-fraud charges. He was in a wheelchair and had a bandage on his right foot. A federal judge set his sentencing date on Friday.

He has since pleaded guilty in a second criminal case and is cooperating with Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Manafort was convicted of eight counts in the tax and fraud trial in the Eastern District of Virginia earlier this year.

Lawyers with the special-counsel probe agreed, saying they would accept a dismissal of the counts and prepare for sentencing as long as it remains possible to refile the charges in the future.

Prosecutors for the government had argued that the court should delay sentencing until they determined that Manafort had fulfilled the requirements of his cooperation as set forth in the plea agreement. The judge in Manafort's D.C. case had also said she planned to limit this type of evidence in the D.C. trial. That report will help recommend a guideline range so that Judge Ellis can determine what sentence to impose.

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