Paul Manafort to be sentenced on Virginia conviction in February

Mueller said he’s ready to deliver key findings in his Trump probe

This comes after Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud and after he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's investigation.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in a Virginia courtroom to decide whether he will be sentenced on fraud charges before or after he completes his cooperation with prosecutors.

Manafort, appearing visibly greyer, was pushed into court in a wheelchair, missing his right shoe.

At a hearing scheduled in Virginia federal court Friday afternoon, lawyers working with Manafort are expected to discuss a sentencing timeline with US District Judge T.S. Ellis, who has told the legal teams Manafort should be sentenced soon.

Democrats have called the meeting with Rosenstein part of a Republican effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Since then, he pleaded guilty to separate charges in Washington and began cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Eastern District of Virginia, known as the Rocket Docket, has a reputation of moving cases along quickly. That report will help recommend a guideline range so that Judge Ellis can determine what sentence to impose.

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

Prosecutors and Manafort's lawyers agreed that would be acceptable, and Ellis set the February 8 sentencing date. (It is also possible for charges to be dismissed "with prejudice", meaning they can never be filed again). Ellis' dismissal of the counts does not preclude prosecutors from refiling them at a later date if they choose.

In court, Manafort, 69, had one foot elevated off the floor in a sock.

Manafort wore a green jail jumpsuit and sat in a wheelchair. "We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims".

He has been meeting with the office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein said, "I have a solemn responsibility to make sure that cases like that are pursued and prosecuted, and I'm pleased the president has been supportive of that".

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