Manafort expected to plead guilty before new trial

Paul Manafort looks on as Donald Trump appears at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. A superseding crim

The charges in Friday's filing were contained information that typically signals a deal has been reached.

The 69-year-old political consultant was convicted last month in Alexandria, Virginia federal court on charges of bank and tax fraud.

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort's cooperation with Mueller's probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on November 6.

"We don't have all the details yet but I'd say the signs for Donald Trump aren't very good because.Manafort will know a lot about Donald Trump and his dealings, not just in America but overseas". Jurors were deadlocked on the other 10 counts.

As much evidence as Mueller's team had against Manafort in the first trial, they have even more evidence in the second trial.

President Donald Trump with Paul Manafort (far right) and Rick Gates (centre).

Pleading guilty would allow Manafort to avoid a trial that was expected to last at least three weeks and posed the potential of adding years onto the seven to 10 years he is already facing under federal sentencing guidelines from his conviction in Virginia.

The charges in the information say that Manafort will have to forfeit property that was derived from or traceable to his offenses.

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On Friday morning, the hearing was changed from a pretrial hearing to an arraignment and plea hearing the D.C. District Court announced. The second count, for conspiracy to obstruct justice, concerns attempts to tamper with witnesses related to Manafort's foreign lobbying.

Manafort made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians before taking an unpaid position with Trump's campaign for five months.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and was elevated to chair in May.

The move toward a guilty plea is another reversal for Manafort, who has fought vociferously - but unsuccessfully - against Mueller's probe.

The charges do not relate to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

At the time of Gates' plea, Manafort issued a statement saying he "had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence".

Writing on Twitter on August 22, Mr. Trump said, "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

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