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US News Ex-Trump campaign boss reaches plea deal - reports

17:25  14 september  2018
17:25  14 september  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Donald Trump's former campaign chief has reached a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to reports.

Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, court documents say.

In a photo from Wednesday, May 9, 2012, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) © Catalyst Images In a photo from Wednesday, May 9, 2012, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The charges were contained in a criminal information, which can only be filed with a defendant's consent and usually signals a deal has been agreed.

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Manafort is due to appear in court later today, ahead of his trial on charges relating to Ukrainian political consulting work.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media on the tarmac about the federal conviction of his former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort as the president arrives for a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. August 21, 2018.  REUTERS/Leah Millis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Catalyst Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media on the tarmac about the federal conviction of his former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort as the president arrives for a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY The charges do not involve his work for US president Donald Trump.

Part of the deal could involve Manafort's cooperation with Mr Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, although this has not been confirmed.

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The news comes almost a month after Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax fraud in a trial that lasted more than two weeks.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22:  Early morning sunshine hits the north side of the White House on August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen admitted in court that Mr. Trump directed him to break campaign finance laws by paying off two women who said they had sexual relationships with Mr. Trump while at the same time that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Early morning sunshine hits the north side of the White House on August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen admitted in court that Mr. Trump directed him to break campaign finance laws by paying off two women who said they had sexual relationships with Mr. Trump while at the same time that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The jury convicted him of five counts of filing false income tax returns, one count of failing to file a report of a foreign bank account in 2012 and two counts of bank fraud.

Judge TS Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 other charges after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

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