Published: Fri, September 14, 2018

Prosecutors file new charges against Paul Manafort, signaling a plea deal

Prosecutors file new charges against Paul Manafort, signaling a plea deal

In a dramatic reversal, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is poised to plead guilty Friday morning to federal criminal charges arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The charges in his second trial were set to include money laundering, conspiring to defraud the United States, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

A pre-trial conference scheduled in federal court in Washington, D.C., for 11 a.m. ET Friday was just changed on the Manafort case docket to an arraignment and plea agreement hearing, the most concrete confirmation of a plea agreement, after days of speculation and reporting based on unnamed sources. It was unclear whether such an agreement would include his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling during Trump's 2016 campaign.

Manafort was facing a second trial set to begin on Monday in Washington on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work.

The details of the plea agreement, and whether Manafort would cooperate with prosecutors, were not immediately known. And during his Virginia trial in August, Manafort's lawyers spent considerable time painting Gates as a liar, embezzler, philanderer and turncoat who would say anything to get a lighter prison sentence.


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A jury found Manafort guilty of eight counts of tax evasion, failing to report foreign bank accounts and bank fraud.

Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

The charges do not relate to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

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