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Paul Manafort pleads guilty in Mueller probe

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has agreed with federal prosecutors to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, court filings Friday show.

A superseding criminal information against Manafort, 69, was filed Friday in the District of Columbia, which alleges a conspiracy against the United States (money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice) and a conspiracy to obstruct justice (witness tampering).

News that Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller's office were nearing a deal was first reported by ABC News, and later confirmed by The New York TimesReuters and Fox News.

Jury selection for the trial, in a Washington, D.C., federal court, had been scheduled to start Monday.

Manafort is due to appear at a preliminary hearing for the trial Friday at 11:00 a.m.

The plea deal pertains to the second of Manafort's two federal trials.

Last month, a federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort on eight felony counts, including five counts of tax fraud, one count of failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud

The judge in the trial, however, declared a mistrial on the 10 other charges he faced, including on three counts of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and seven counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.

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