Manafort sought deal with Mueller, but talks fell apart: report

Manafort sought deal with Mueller, but talks fell apart: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Yellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying MORE sought to make a deal with authorities ahead of his second trial in Washington, D.C., but the talks fell apart, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. 

Manafort's defense team reportedly held plea discussions with prosecutors last week, but the talks stalled over objections raised by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE

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The Journal could not identify what those objections were, and representatives for Manafort and Mueller declined to comment for the report. 

Manafort is facing a second set of charges in D.C. related to his work for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine. He is being accused of failing to register as a foreign agent, among other charges. 

The former Trump associate last week was convicted by a Virginia jury on eight felony counts in the first legal victory for Mueller's team. The jury found Manafort guilty on five charges of filing false income tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud.

They deadlocked on the other 10 of 18 counts. 

The guilty conviction was the first time Mueller's investigation has been tested in court, but its content had little to do with ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. 

Mueller's team in recent days shortened the estimate for the length of Manafort's upcoming trial, which is scheduled to start on Sept. 17. The special counsel's prosecutors wrote it could be completed in around two, rather than three, weeks.