Manafort Expected to Plead Guilty Before New Trial

Manafort Expected to Plead Guilty Before New Trial

Manafort Expected to Plead Guilty Before New Trial

Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty to avoid a second trial on corruption charges, following a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

In the trial scheduled in Washington, Manafort faces charges of conspiring against the United States, money laundering, failing to register as a lobbyist, making false statements and conspiring to obstruct justice by trying to influence witnesses.

The 69-year-old political consultant was convicted last month in Alexandria, Virginia federal court on charges of bank and tax fraud.

It's the type of filing typically seen before a plea deal. Jurors deadlocked on 10 other counts.

The investigation looked at such interactions "before and during the campaign to plumb motives and opportunities to coordinate and to expose possible channels for surreptitious communications", prosecutors wrote.

"If he's helping out Mueller, that's more bad news for Trump".

Prosecutors with Mueller's office filed new criminal charges Friday in the case. Manafort would be the fifth Trump aide to plead guilty in connection to the special counsel's probe.

Judge grants request to delay second trial amid reports of plea deal talks with Mueller; Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin reacts on 'Outnumbered Overtime'.

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

Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning (local time).

Manafort made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians before taking an unpaid position with Trump's campaign for five months.

Manafort attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in which Kremlin-backed attendees promised to offer damaging information about Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. A mistrial was declared on the remaining 10 charges after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Writing on Twitter on August 22, Mr. Trump said, "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

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