Paul Manafort discussing possible plea deal with Robert Mueller

The stories came on the heels of a two-day postponement, without explanation, of a hearing for Manafort’s upcoming trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., where he can be accused of violating lobbying laws, money laundering as well as witness tampering.

which hearing, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, can be at This particular point set for Friday. Jury selection for the trial in Washington currently can be scheduled to begin next Monday.

The Washington case, like the one in Virginia federal court where he was convicted last month, largely relates to work which Manafort did for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine, before he worked for Trump’s campaign.

Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty in both cases. He has been held in jail without bail since June, when Mueller charged him with trying to tamper with potential witnesses.

Manafort’s spokesman declined to comment Wednesday when contacted by NBC News, citing a gag order from the case.

A spokesman for Mueller also declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

Mueller’s team can be continuing to investigate Russian interference from the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion by members of Trump’s campaign in which effort.

The special counsel also can be investigating whether Trump himself has obstructed justice by seeking to affect the course of the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russia’s role from the election.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by himself or his campaign. He also has called Mueller’s probe a witch hunt.

Manafort attended a meeting in Trump Tower in fresh York City in June 2016, with, Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kusher as well as a Russian lawyer who supposedly had damaging information about Trump’s election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Mueller reportedly has taken a keen interest in which meeting.

Donald Trump Jr. later said in a statement which the Russian lawyer as well as the Trump team “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children which was active as well as well-known with American families years ago as well as was since ended by the Russian government.”

“nevertheless the item was not a campaign issue at the time as well as there was no follow up,” Trump Jr. has said.

President Trump actually dictated which first statement for his son, his lawyers told Mueller in a memo which was obtained by The fresh York Times.

The younger Trump issued another, later statement, which said which the Russian attorney, at the Trump Tower meeting, had “stated which she had information which individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee as well as supporting Ms. Clinton.”

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous as well as made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. the item quickly became clear which she had no meaningful information,” Trump Jr. said.

“She then changed subjects as well as began discussing the adoption of Russian children as well as mentioned the Magnitsky Act. the item became clear to me which This particular was the true agenda all along as well as which the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”

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