Paul Manafort will plead guilty, forfeit many assets in special counsel probe

Article Image Update Paul Manafort to Plead Guilty to 2 Felonies & Cooperate with Prosecutors

Article Image Update Paul Manafort to Plead Guilty to 2 Felonies & Cooperate with Prosecutors

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has concluded a plea deal that will avert a trial in Washington, D.C., on charges related to his lobbying work in Ukraine and allegations of witness tampering in the case against him.

Manafort is due to reappear in court Friday for pre-trial proceedings stemming from charges of money laundering for Russia-linked politicians.

He was convicted last month in a separate federal trial in Alexandria, Va., on eight charges of bank and tax fraud, also related to his work in Ukraine.

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

Prosecutors say that Manafort directed a large scale lobbying operation in the USA for Ukrainian interests without registering with the Justice Department as required by the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.

That posture drew plaudits from Trump, who praised his former campaign chairman for his unwillingness to cooperate with the special counsel.

"Manafort agreed to plead to conspiracy against the USA and conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses".

The details of Manafort's plea were not immediately clear, including whether he would be providing any information to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of any deal. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other counts. Either he has offered some form of cooperation, one source familiar with the case explained, or the government has concluded that it has hit him with a sufficient number of charges and following through with a second trial is not worth the time and expense. The money, the newspaper reported, came from the pro-Russian party of Viktor Yanukovych, the onetime Ukraine president. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well. The president agreed to wait at least until the investigation concludes, Giuliani has said. Court papers indicated that he could have faced between 15 and 19 1/2 years in prison under federal guidelines.

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