Ex-Trump campaign boss reaches plea deal

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The charges in his second trial were set to include money laundering, conspiring to defraud the U.S., witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

On Thursday, ABC News reported that Manafort's legal team had reached a tentative deal with Mueller's team after an hours-long meeting at the special counsel's downtown Washington, DC, offices.

"Between at least 2006 and 2015, MANAFORT conspired with Richard W. Gates (Gates), Konstantin Kilimnik (Kilimnik), and others to act, and acted, as unregistered agents of a foreign government and political party", the criminal information reads.

Jury selection was due to begin on September 17 on charges, including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

It was not immediately clear whether the deal would require Manafort, 69, to cooperate with Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

The trial included testimony for the prosecution from Manafort's longtime aide, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities and agreed to co-operate with the special counsel probe. The superseding information says that Manafort, with assistance from associate Konstantin Kilimnik, tried to influence two individuals "to induce them to say falsely that they did not work in the United States as part of the lobbying campaign, even though MANAFORT then and there well knew that they did lobby within the United States".

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Asked by reporters at the White House if he would consider a pardon if Manafort is convicted, Trump said last month: "I don't talk about that".

Prosecutors had offered Manafort the opportunity to have a single trial on all charges, but he refused, forcing prosecutors to bring charges both in the Eastern District of Virginia and D.C.

"If he's helping out Mueller, that's more bad news for Trump". Yet, Jackson said the request appeared to relate more to concerns about the political affiliation of Washington residents, rather than a unique amount of pretrial publicity.

However, none of the charges relate to collusion with Russian Federation in the election.

Manafort's Virginia trial generated considerable attention from the public and the media. A mistrial was declared on the remaining 10 charges after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

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