Paul Manafort Reaches "Tentative" Plea Deal

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort seeks plea deal without special counsel cooperation: report Investigators looking at suspicious money transfers after Trump Tower meeting, election: report Poll: More Americans favor Mueller's handling of Russian Federation probe than Trump's MORE has reportedly reached a "tentative" plea deal with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.

ABC News reported news of the tentative deal on Thursday, saying it is expected to be announced in court on Friday. Mueller's spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the possible deal, which was first reported by ABC News.

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. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 10 counts, which ended in mistrial.

The money laundering and foreign lobbying charges stem from consulting work Manafort did in Ukraine that predated the 2016 campaign.

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Four former Trump aides have pleaded guilty to charges related to the special counsel investigation: Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer; Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser; Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign chairman; and George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser. Desperate for cash, prosecutors said he lied to banks in order to secure $20 million in loans.

Writing on Twitter on August 22, Trump said: "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal". Trump's critics have pointed to the meeting as evidence of the collusion with Russian Federation that Trump denies.

Manafort worked for five months on Trump's 2016 campaign, including three as chairman. The trial is scheduled to get underway in Washington on September 24.

Jackson also ruled that Manafort's defense couldn't introduce evidence about Gates' extramarital affairs, a topic that came out during his testimony during Manafort's trial in last month in Virginia. "Paul Manafort is a good man", he said after the Virginia jury returned its verdict.

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