A plea deal on the charges would preclude the need for a trial, sparing Manafort the steep legal fees of a second round of prosecution. The trial is scheduled to get underway in Washington on September 24.
US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that would avoid his going on trial next week, ABC News reported on Thursday.
Word of the agreement comes as Manafort's second trial was slated to begin later this month in federal court in Washington, D.C.More news: Kofi Annan Gave Me Sensitive Advice - Nana Addo
The tentative plea deal reportedly came after Manafort was found guilty last month by a federal jury sitting in northern Virginia on eight counts of tax and bank fraud charges, but ahead of Manafort's upcoming trial on additional federal charges in the nation's capital.
Mueller is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 USA election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to help him win. ABC News reported Wednesday that Manafort's attorneys wanted a plea deal that did not require him to cooperate with the Mueller probe. But if he does testify, the government asked Jackson to bar the defense from questioning Gates about his cooperation with the ongoing investigation, noting that many aspects of the more than 20 meetings he's had with prosecutors don't relate to Manafort's case.
He joined the president's campaign in March 2016 and became campaign chairman in May, and left the campaign in August days after the New York Times and the Associated Press ran reports that he had been tied to alleged undisclosed foreign lobbying practices in Ukraine.More news: Landslide crashes on to tourist beach on Zante
Prosecutors say Manafort's campaign position is relevant to the case because in response to the press coverage, he and Gates developed a false cover story that was later the basis for false statements made to the Justice Department's Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit.
It was not clear which charges Manafort might plead guilty to or whether he would co-operate with Mueller's team in its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion with the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by Trump.
None of the charges against Manafort related to collusion with Russian Federation. "Paul Manafort is here because he was Trump's campaign manager".More news: Arsenal Boss Keen To Scupper Barcelona's Interest In Gunners Star