Manafort visited Mueller 9 times since pleading guilty

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He also faces sentencing in a related case in the District of Columbia, also brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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A judge on Friday set February 8 for sentencing of Manafort, who was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges. Prosecutors agreed to drop, and the judge dismissed, the remaining 10 charges the jury could not come to an agreement on.

His lawyer Kevin Downing asked the court to expedite the investigation and sentencing, saying that his client's health problems and therefore it's hard for him to be detained.

Prosecutors declined to offer an estimate of when Manafort's cooperation would end.

Special counsel prosecutors and attorneys for Paul Manafort are releasing several years of the former Trump campaign chairman's tax returns that were at the center of his criminal trial.

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As part of his surprise decision in September to plead guilty in a related case in the District, Manafort admitted he committed all the bank and tax fraud crimes he was charged with in Virginia.

Prosecutors accused him of hiding from USA tax authorities US$16 million he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle, and then lying to banks to secure US$20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash. He also agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election led by Mueller.

Manafort's trial and admissions of guilt focused on his lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainians and barely touched his time in the Trump campaign.

The plea allowed Manafort to avoid a second trial in exchange for his cooperation with Mueller's probe.

The judge of the circuit court of Alexandria (Virginia) Thomas Ellis on Friday at the request of the Prosecutor's office withdrew the 10 charges against the former head of election campaign of trump, on which the jury decided in August.

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