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