Manafort cuts a deal to help in Russia probe
FORMER Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to Federal charges after cutting a deal and agreeing to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
The move allows Manafort to avoid a second trial and ends his fight against investigators in the probe.
Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in Virginia and faces seven to 10 years in prison. On Friday, prosecutor Andrew Weissman said Manafort would plead guilty to charges related to his Ukrainian political consulting.
The charges do not relate to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which is central to Mr Mueller’s investigation into contact between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.