Manafort In Plea Talks With Mueller To Avert Second Trial

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort looks on during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2017 in the Bronx... NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort looks on during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 7, 2018 6:32 pm
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is in discussion with prosecutors about pleading guilty to some of the charges he’s facing in Washington, D.C. in order to avoid a second trial scheduled to begin later this month, Bloomberg reported Friday.

A person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the talks have been about what charges Manafort would plea guilty to and the recommendation that special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors would make to the judge for his sentence.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that similar plea talks had been underway while Manafort awaited a verdict in the Virginia trial that wrapped up last month, but that those negotiations fell through.

The jury in the Virginia case — where Manafort was facing charges of bank fraud and tax fraud — returned guilty verdicts on eight of the counts and were deadlocked on 10 others. Manafort, in the D.C. case, faces charges of money laundering, witness tampering and failure to disclose foreign lobbying.

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