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President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes at a hearing Friday morning, ending his long losing battle with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
The planned plea, if accepted by a judge, would short-circuit his second trial scheduled to begin this month in the District on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations. He is expected to enter his guilty plea this morning in federal court.
The article goes on to state the following:
It was not immediately clear if, as part of the plea deal with Mueller, Manafort would cooperate and provide any information to the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
People familiar with the plea discussions have previously said that Manafort has no intention of cooperating with Mueller, so it’s possible any prospective agreement could allow him to admit guilt without providing information to investigators.
A criminal information filed in advance of the plea deal shows that Manafort intends to plead guilty to two crimes of the seven he faced at trial: conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice.
The document indicates he will admit to funneling millions of dollars in payments into offshore accounts to conceal his income from the Internal Revenue Service. “Manafort cheated the United States out of over $15 million in taxes,” the information states.
BREAKING: Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is expected to enter a guilty plea. Special counsel Mueller’s office just filed a new criminal information, a type of charging document that usually means there’s a plea deal https://t.co/NdNQQJz7I3 pic.twitter.com/E7p0Ie0lhv
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) September 14, 2018
According to a federal clerk's filing, Manafort's 11AM hearing has been changed from a pre-trial conference to an "arraignment and plea agreement hearing." https://t.co/NxO8mPDPnx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 14, 2018
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