President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has copped a plea deal with federal prosecutors, nixing his trial later this month, according to a report Friday.
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.
Manafort was facing seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering in a trial set to begin later this month.
Manafort is due in federal court for what the Justice Department called "an arraignment and plea agreement hearing" on Friday morning, following the release of new charging documents against him.
In-person jury selection for his Washington trial was set to start Monday, with opening statements scheduled for September 24 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
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"We don't have all the details yet but I'd say the signs for Donald Trump aren't very good because.Manafort will know a lot about Donald Trump and his dealings, not just in America but overseas".
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.
Manafort, 69, earned tens of millions of dollars lobbying for foreign governments and spent that money freely, including on a $15,000 ostrich coat, landscaping and real estate. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing.
He has yet to be sentenced in Virginia, where legal experts say he faces 8 to 10 years in prison under federal guidelines on the eight of 18 counts on which he was convicted.
"It's not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty". The president has tried to distance himself from his former campaign chair. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well. "Such respect for a courageous man!"