Paul Manafort signals he intends to plead guilty before new trial

Paul Manafort looks on as Donald Trump appears at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. A superseding crim

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has learned.

Another conviction would cap a dramatic fall for the worldwide power broker and confidant of Republican presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan. He volunteered that year to work for free on the Trump campaign, shepherding the candidate through the Republican National Convention before being pushed aside as questions about his influence-peddling emerged.

The details of the plea deal ― including whether it indicates that Manafort has to cooperate with Mueller's team ― are not yet available. The jury in Virginia found that Manafort hid millions of dollars he made in Ukraine to avoid paying taxes, and then lied to get loans when the political party that was paying him was ousted from power and the funding dried up.

Prosecutors in the DC case against Manafort filed a Superseding Criminal Information on Friday morning in the Washington D.C. case, charging Manafort with a single count of conspiracy against the United States and a single count of conspiracy to obstruct justice through witness tampering. He had been jailed since June as a result of the witness tampering charges. Jurors deadlocked on 10 other counts.

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.

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For his part, President Trump supported Manafort loudly and publicly, even as he also tried to distance himself from his onetime campaign manager.

Manafort's conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller's investigation.

Most of the charges Mueller brought against him stemmed from that pre-2016 Ukraine work, however some of the bank fraud allegations in Virginia overlapped with Manafort's time on the campaign and after. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well.

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence", Manafort said in February.

On Twitter on August 22, Trump wrote: "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal". The president has previously signaled he's sympathetic to Manafort's cause, and his attorney Rudy Giuliani told Politico a plea without a cooperation agreement wouldn't foreclose the possibility of a pardon. "Such respect for a courageous man!"

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