Paul Manafort faces additional charges ahead of hearing

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

Jose Luis Magana Associated Press File Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

The Washington Post is reporting that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to the charges he was facing in his second criminal trial, which was set to begin in the courtroom of Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, DC on Monday, September 24.

Manafort is expected to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge that accused him of money laundering, tax fraud, and lying to investigators, according to a document filed in federal court. The charges in Friday's filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.

The details of Manafort's plea were not immediately clear, including whether he would be providing any information to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of any deal. Jurors were deadlocked on the other 10 counts.

It is not clear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Manafort had denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

The plea deal precludes the need for the second trial, sparing Manafort the steep legal fees of a second round of prosecution.

In an April court filing, Mueller's prosecutors defended their pursuit of Manafort, even though he wasn't charged with crimes related to Russian election interference.

Manafort, 69, earned tens of millions of dollars lobbying for foreign governments and spent that money freely, including on a $15,000 ostrich coat, landscaping and real estate. He led the campaign in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention. Manafort's attorneys had argued that the trial should be moved to Roanoke, Virginia, because the intensity of publicity in Washington made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

The move toward a guilty plea is another reversal for Manafort, who has fought vociferously - but unsuccessfully - against Mueller's probe.

Manafort agreed to plead to conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Trump last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

Prosecutors "applied tremendous pressure on him and. he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal, ' " the president tweeted last month.

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