Paul Manafort pleads guilty to two criminal counts in Russia investigation: court documents
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal counts in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to court documents on Friday.
Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The court documents filed Friday by prosecutors were a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant’s consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.
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Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning.
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It’s unclear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Manafort was facing a second trial set to begin on Monday in Washington on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work, but his guilty plea makes that second trial no longer necessary.
— With files from Reuters