Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty, avoid second trial

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has copped a plea deal with federal prosecutors, nixing his trial later this month, according to a report Friday.

It's unclear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Court filings show that Manafort has agreed to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

The details of the plea agreement, and whether Manafort would cooperate with prosecutors, were not immediately known. Manafort's plea agreement comes just days before a second jury trial was scheduled to start in D.C., where he was charged with money laundering, witness tampering and failure to disclose foreign lobbying.

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Most of the charges Mueller brought against him stemmed from that pre-2016 Ukraine work, however some of the bank fraud allegations in Virginia overlapped with Manafort's time on the campaign and after.

According to the court documents cited by USA media, Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Court papers filed in the case indicated that he could have faced between 15 and 19 1/2 years in prison under federal guidelines.

However, none of the charges relate to collusion with Russian Federation in the election.

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