Trump’s ex-ad­viser poised to plead guilty to con­spir­acy

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON: Paul Manafort has sig­nalled that he in­tends to plead guilty ahead of a sec­ond trial as pros­e­cu­tors filed new charg­ing doc­u­ments against the for­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man.

The doc­u­ments in­cluded one that could only be filed with a de­fen­dant’s con­sent, typ­i­cally sig­nalling that a deal had been reached.

The charges in­clude con­spir­acy against the US and con­spir­acy to ob­struct jus­tice. The al­le­ga­tions do not in­volve his work with the Trump cam­paign. It is not clear whether any deal with pros­e­cu­tors would re­quire Mr Manafort (pic­tured) to co-op­er­ate with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia. Mr Manafort was fac­ing an­other trial on charges re­lated to Ukrainian po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing work. And last month he was found guilty of eight counts of tax eva­sion, fail­ing to re­port for­eign bank ac­counts and bank fraud.

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