Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has learned.

The details of the plea agreement, and whether Manafort would cooperate with prosecutors, was not immediately known.

Manafort, in a trial set to begin Sept. 24 in federal court in Washington, is facing seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering. 

In August, in a separate trial in Virginia, a federal jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of federal tax and banking crimes.

The case was brought by Mueller’s team, which is probing potential crimes related to the 2016 election. But Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.

Source: FoxNews

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