Friday, November 30, 2018

Manafort scheduling hearing

The Manafort scheduling conference is underway (I'm in the media room, hence the ability to tweet). Perhaps noting the large crowd in the courtroom, the judge notes that today is *not* the sentencing hearing, just scheduling: "In case anyone is confused, this it not it."

Special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann explains what obligations the govt contends it is relieved of since Manafort breached his deal, incl. no longer agreeing to a reduction for accepting responsibility and fully laying out *all* of Manafort's conduct before/after the deal

Weissmann says they're still deciding whether to go to try to go to trial in DC on the charges that the government was prepared to dismiss as part of the plea deal

The judge asks Weissmann if the government plans to bring more charges, given the "vocabulary" in the status report about Manafort's conduct. Weissmann says they haven't decided yet

Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing says there are a lot of unknowns at this point, he says they should be entitled to some discovery about whatever allegations the government is making about an agreement breach by Manafort

Weissmann says the government has had lengthy discussions with Manafort's lawyers and they're aware of what the government's allegations are against Manafort re: a breach of agreement

Both sides are in agreement that they want the judge to rule on whether Manafort breached his plea deal before the probation department does its presentence report

We have a second sentencing date for Paul Manafort: March 5 at 10am (the judge said if they need to reschedule that depending on how things are going, they can push it back)

I thought we might have had Mueller's promised enumeration of the charges he used to withdraw Manafort's plea deal before this hearing.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissman said he was ready to go immediately with his filing of details on Manafort’s alleged breach... So the judge gave him a week to file it.

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