Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Manafort to plead guilty

Manafort to plead guilty

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed a plea deal to avoid a second trial, USA media report. Those two charges appear to be the basis for a plea agreement.

It's unclear what the details of the plea agreement are, and whether it includes a pledge from Manafort to cooperate with Mueller's investigators in their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Manafort, 69, was a key figure in Mr Trump's inner circle, but the president has since sought to distance himself from his former adviser.

In addition to the witness tampering counts, Manafort is formally charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiring to launder money and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about the nature of his work.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort", Trump told reporters after a federal jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of federal tax and banking crimes in August.

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The reported deal comes after a number of reports of their ongoing discussions in recent days. Jurors deadlocked on 10 other counts.

The allegations do not involve his work with the Trump campaign.

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The D.C. trial that was averted by the new plea deal stood to pull back the curtain on the world of covert lobbying on behalf foreign powers in the nation's capital. Yanukovych was ousted from the country in 2014, and Manafort's consulting work in Ukraine dried up, according to evidence presented by the prosecutors in the Virginia trial. The discovery of his witness contacts led to a superseding indictment in June and Manafort's jailing ahead of his trial.

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