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Manafort expected to plead guilty in deal

September 14, 2018 - 9:28 am
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel's office. 
 
A court filing Friday shows a plea hearing is set for later in the morning. 
 
The plea deal would allow Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington. 
 
Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.
 
Prosecutors had filed new charging documents against Manafort. 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. 
 
Manafort's second trial would have been related to his Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

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