Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in deal
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel’s office.
A court filing Friday shows a plea hearing is set for later in the morning.
The plea deal would allow Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington.
Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.
Prosecutors had filed new charging documents against Manafort. The charges in Friday’s filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant’s consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.
Manafort’s second trial would have been related to his Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.