Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to co­op­er­ate with Mueller probe

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWSRECAP - From wire re­ports

Paul Manafort, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s former cam­paign chair­man, agreed on Fri­day to tell all he knows to spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller as part of a plea deal that could shape the fi­nal stages of the in­quiry into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.

The deal was a sur­ren­der by Manafort, who had vowed for months to prove his in­no­cence in a case stem­ming from his work as a po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant in Ukraine.

Manafort’s de­ci­sion, an­nounced at a fed­eral court hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton in which he pleaded guilty to two con­spir­acy charges, was likely to un­set­tle Trump, who had praised Manafort for stand­ing up to pros­e­cu­tors’ pres­sure and had floated the idea of par­don­ing him.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Paul Manafort, Pres­i­dent Trump’s former cam­paign chair, pleaded guilty to ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and con­spir­acy against the U.S.

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