Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 'plead guilty'

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 'plead guilty'

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed a plea deal to avoid a second trial, USA media report.

NBC News adds that Manafort is expected to plead guilty to charges involving conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to obstruct justice, money laundering, tax fraud, lying to the DOJ, and other charges.

Mueller filed superseding criminal information in U.S. District Court in Washington, an indication that Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of witness tampering.

The eight felony counts that Manafort was convicted of on August 21 weren't the only charges that he faced in the courtroom of Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Virginia.

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort's cooperation with Mueller's probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6.

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.

Prosecutors with Mueller's office filed new criminal charges Friday in the case.

President Donald Trump with Paul Manafort (far right) and Rick Gates (centre).

If he pleads guilty, he would avoid this trial.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

A court filing Friday shows a plea hearing is set for later in the morning. He had been jailed since June as a result of the witness tampering charges.

The move toward a guilty plea is another reversal for Manafort, who has fought vociferously - but unsuccessfully - against Mueller's probe.

Over a 40-year career, Manafort redefined and expanded Washington's influence industry domestically and internationally, parlaying successful campaigns into lobbying opportunities. "MANAFORT generated more than 60 million dollars in income as a result of his Ukraine work".

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

The charges in the information say that Manafort will have to forfeit property that was derived from or traceable to his offenses.

Trump last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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