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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE


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.