Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes Friday, ahead of his second trial on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations, The Washington Post reported.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office filed a new criminal information document, which usually signals a plea deal, just hours before Manafort was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing, reports BuzzFeed News. The trial could be much shorter if a judge accepts the reported deal. NBC News reports that jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Manafort was convicted last month in a separate trial, on charges of bank and tax fraud. He has refused to cooperate with federal prosecutors, and it remains unclear whether his reported plea deal would provide any information to Mueller's team. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza