Report: Paul Manafort To Plea GUILTY In Mueller Probe

After more than a year of drama concerning former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, it is being reported that he will plead guilty to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team.

Manafort was previously indicted for several financial and bank-related violations which happened more than ten years before he joined Trump’s campaign. After he was released on bond, Manafort warned a former colleague that he could be questioned by the investigation and he looked to set their stories straight. He was then charged with witness tampering.

From CNBC:

Manafort, who was set to begin jury selection for a second federal criminal trial next Monday, was charged in a superseding criminal information in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
That charging document alleges Manafort engaged in a conspiracy involving money laundering, tax fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts, violating rules requiring registration of foreign agents, lying and witness tampering.

As Reuters reports, it is unclear at this time if the plea deal includes any cooperation or concession on Manafort’s part to aid Mueller’s Russian investigation:

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

A move by Manafort to cooperate could be a blow to Trump, while an outright guilty plea with no cooperation would resolve a cloud over the president ahead of congressional elections in less than two months.

Manafort’s trial where the plea deal is expected to be announced will occur later on Friday.

As Reuters also reports, Manafort was convicted during a separate criminal proceeding in Virginia on eight counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. State prosecutors said Manafort successfully avoided paying taxes on $16 million laundered overseas.

Manafort’s new plea could include charges of conspiracy against the United States and obstruction of justice.

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