Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed a plea deal to avoid a second trial, United States media report.
The charges in his second trial were set to include money laundering, conspiring to defraud the U.S., witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
A hearing in the case scheduled for Friday morning was pushed back, according to the federal court's electronic filing system.More news: Former Patriots among 2019 HOF nominees
Paul Manafort will plead guilty to avoid a second trial.
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 campaign and Russian Federation.
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.More news: Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating
As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing.
Manafort's decision could be a blow to Trump, who last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had. The second count, for conspiracy to obstruct justice, relates to attempts to tamper with witnesses related to his foreign lobbying. In the D.C. case, Manafort was facing a judge less sympathetic than the judge who presided over the Virginia trial, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis.
This, in turn, may endear him to President Trump, who has already called Manafort a "good man" who has been unfairly targeted by the Justice Department. Yanukovych was ousted from the country in 2014, and Manafort's consulting work in Ukraine dried up, according to evidence presented by the prosecutors in the Virginia trial. But Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road.More news: Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina
The developments were first reported by ABC News, which said details of the deal would be announced in court on Friday. He declined further comment until after the hearing.