Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 'plead guilty'

Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was expected to entry a guilty plea as part of an agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, fending off a second trial over his lobbying activity on behalf of foreign governments. Manafort reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid his upcoming trial on charges related to his foreign lobbying work, CBS News reported Thursday. The charges, which replace the existing indictment of Manafort, were done as a "criminal information", a legal document that can only be filed with the defendant's consent.

The president has signalled that he's sympathetic to Manafort's cause, and in comments to Politico, his attorney-spokesman Rudy Giuliani said a plea without a cooperation agreement wouldn't foreclose the possibility of a pardon.

Manafort was accused of concealing from the IRS tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from his Ukrainian patrons and conspiring to launder that money through offshore accounts in Cyprus and elsewhere.

What is unclear is whether he will cooperate with prosecutors as they investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, and potential collusion by members of Trump's campaign.

The trial included testimony for the prosecution from Manafort's longtime aide, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities and agreed to co-operate with the special counsel probe.




In August, in a separate trial in Virginia, a federal jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of federal tax and banking crimes.

Clad in a dark suit and purple tie, the 69-year-old told Judge Amy Berman Jackson "I understand" when she advised him of the rights he was giving up - including the right to appeal - by pleading guilty.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and was elevated to chair in May.

Manafort's second trial would have been related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent. There were 18 counts altogether, but Ellis declared a mistrial on those charges when jurors couldn't reach an agreement on them-and that hung jury came about because of a lone juror. Kilimnik was charged alongside Manafort in June with conspiracy to obstruct justice, but is unlikely to see his day in court because he is Russian and therefore out of reach of USA prosecutors.

Manafort's guilty plea would come with a detailed admission of wrongdoing, which could shed light on his interactions with oligarchs from Ukraine and Russian Federation.

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