President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes.
Should his plea be accepted by a judge, Manafort will dodge a second trial, which was due to begin later this month and had the potential of adding years onto his existing conviction in Virginia.
A court document notes that the scheduled pre-trial conference has been replaced with an “arraignment and plea agreement hearing,” suggesting that Manafort plans to enter his guilty plea Friday morning. He will reportedly plead guilty to two of the seven charges he faced: conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice, according to a criminal information filed Friday. It is unclear whether he will cooperate with prosecutors against Trump as part of the plea deal.