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Paul Manafort faces additional charges ahead of hearing

14 September 2018, 06:14 | Devin Moran

Paul Manafort Reaches Plea Deal With Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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

Donald Trump's former campaign chief has reached a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to reports.

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

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.

It's unclear which charges Manafort is pleading guilty to, and whether his deal means that he will actually cooperate with prosecutors.

Manafort's legal team blamed most of his problems on former business partner Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty this year and testified against Manafort in Virginia.




Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in a second trial on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering. He has not been sentenced in that case. Please refresh for details.

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

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.

Paul Manafort will plead guilty to avoid a second trial. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other counts.

President Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out.

In the Washington case, prosecutors accused him of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act by not telling the Justice Department about a multimillion-dollar campaign to improve the image of Yanukovych and his Party of Regions in Europe and the U.S. Jurors would have heard about how he hired prominent U.S. firms like the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs LLC to help him, along with several European former elected officials. Manafort would be the fifth Trump aide to plead guilty in connection to the special counsel's probe. 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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