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Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with special counsel Robert Mueller

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September 14, 2018

Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to resolve charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, but it is not clear if the longtime Republican operative will cooperate with prosecutors against President Donald Trump, court documents filed Friday indicate.

If he does agree to cooperate, Manafort could prove to be a signficant witness for Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion by members of Trump campaign in that skulduggery.

Manafort, who was set to begin jury selection for his second federal criminal trial next Monday, was charged Friday in a superseding criminal information filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., accusing him of a myriad of criminal acts related to his consulting work in Ukraine.

The charging document, while accusing him of just two criminal counts, appears to be designed to resolve not only the entire case in Washington, but another federal criminal prosecution in Virginia, where Manafort was convicted of eight counts last month.

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This article was posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:11 am

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