Paul Manafort, the criminally convicted former chairman of President Trump's 2016 campaign, reached a tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, all but ensuring he won't have to face a second trial later this month, according to a report. Manafort could plead guilty at the hearing, one of the sources said.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Russian Federation probe, previously told the Politico news outlet that taking a plea deal to avoid a second trial would not crush Manafort's chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.
Notes from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a meeting he attended a year ago with a Russian lobbyist and Donald Trump Jr. are not seen as damaging to the Trump family or campaign officials, according to government officials and others who have looked at the notes... "Such respect for a fearless man!", Trump wrote on Twitter on August 22.
Legal experts say that given the timeline of the trial, it's unlikely prosecutors would agree to a plea deal that doesn't involve an agreement to cooperate with the government.
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Indications have mounted throughout this week that a plea deal was in the works. That could be done at a court hearing Friday. "The reason: the President did nothing wrong". The witness tampering allegations were brought earlier this year, and Manafort has been in jail, awaiting trial, since June because of them.
The second indictment charged him with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and failure to register as a foreign agent.
The president's comments via Twitter made many believe that he was thinking about pardoning Mueller. When he finished, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson asked Manafort whether it was all true. A prosecutor who secured convictions against him in Virginia and works with the US Attorney's Office there - not the special counsel's office - was also there Thursday, meaning that others outside his DC trial are still working on the case.
Another reason for Manafort to enter a plea - and the ABC News report reiterated this - is that Manafort would be spared exorbitant legal costs on a second trial that already appears likely to result in a guilty verdict, at least in part.