Manafort visited Mueller 9 times since pleading guilty

Robert Mueller

Also, as expected, he dismissed the remaining 10 counts against Manafort, again with prosecutors' acquiescence.

Prosecutors and Manafort's lawyers agreed that would be acceptable, and Ellis set the February 8 sentencing date.

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.

Legal experts said Manafort is likely to face about seven to 10 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. A source familiar with his health said he had a "serious medical condition related to his diet".

The court plans to reach a verdict on Manafort in the first trial where he is accused of Bank fraud and tax evasion.

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Manafort in September pleaded guilty before a different judge in DC to two criminal counts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, setting in motion his cooperation deal to assist the special counsel's probe into the 2016 presidential election. She previously attended most of his hearings and the entirety of his Virginia trial. Republicans say the Federal Bureau of Investigation made missteps when it applied to a special court for a warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and questioned the FBI's use of a confidential informant who reached out to several Trump campaign officials.

Manafort was convicted in federal court in Alexandria on tax- and bank-fraud charges largely unconnected to his work on the Trump campaign.

Bloomberg News reported that one of the officials, who asked not to be named, said that Mueller is near a verdict on two highly anticipated investigations: whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice as well as whether his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation colluded to help win the presidential election.

Manafort also stayed in touch through this year with his Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik, whom prosecutors say has ties to the same Russian military intelligence operation that allegedly hacked the Democrats during the election.

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