Ex -Trump aide’s deal
US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to co-operate with the Trump-Russia investigation.
Manafort has pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have given him more time in prison.
The deal gives special counsel Robert Mueller a key co-operator who steered the Trump election effort for a pivotal stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The result also ensures the investigation will extend far beyond the November congressional elections despite entreaties from the president’s lawyers.