Manafort Agrees to Plead Guilty to Avoid New Washington Trial

Paul Manafort

Earlier, the Special Counsel's office had indicated in a court filing that Manafort had reached a plea deal with Robert Mueller in which he will plead guilty to two criminal counts, allowing him to avoid the trial The remaining five charges against Manafort will be dropped.

Paul Manafort arrived for a hearing at District Court in Washington, D.C. He will not go on trial after all after having reached a plea agreement with the Justice Department. "MANAFORT generated more than 60 million dollars in income as a result of his Ukraine work". Regarding the Washington case, Manafort was accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiring to launder money, and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department about the nature of his work.

So far, lawmakers have not released the details of the agreement, and added that it is unclear if Manafort will cooperate with prosecutors. Manafort would be the fifth Trump aide to plead guilty in connection to the special counsel's probe.

The charges in the information say that Manafort will have to forfeit property that was derived from or traceable to his offenses. And Mueller's team still had the option of retrying Manafort on those ten mistrial charges.

In pleading guilty, Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, would admit he broke the law - a concession he refused to make throughout his Alexandria trial and since he was charged almost a year ago in Washington.

Manafort's second trial would have been related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent. He was convicted last month in a separate federal trial in Alexandria, Va., on eight charges of bank and tax fraud, also related to his work in Ukraine. Kilimnik was charged alongside Manafort in June with conspiracy to obstruct justice, but is unlikely to see his day in court because he is Russian and therefore out of reach of US prosecutors.

"Manafort privately coordinated with an unnamed senior Israeli official to spread this story as part of what he called an effort to have "Obama Jews" pressure the Obama administration to disavow Tymoshenko", NBC News reports. The discovery of his witness contacts led to a superseding indictment in June and Manafort's jailing ahead of his trial.

By pleading guilty, Manafort is admitting to all of the alleged crimes with which he is charged that were related to his foreign lobbying efforts.

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