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Trump's ex-campaign chairman to enter guilty plea

IANS  |  Washington 

Paul Manafort, US Donald Trump's former campaign embattled by criminal indictments, on Friday agreed to plead guilty in a deal to resolve charges filed by Robert Mueller, officials said.

Charges filed against him accuse him of a myriad of criminal acts related to his consulting work in He will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses, according to a court filing cited by

It was, however, not clear if he will cooperate with prosecutors against

If he does, Manafort could prove to be a significant witness for Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion by members of Trump campaign with Moscow, CNBC said.

Trump was not mentioned in Friday's filing, neither was Manafort's role in his campaign.

Prosecutors will drop the five remaining charges against Manafort, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign accounts, violating and lying to the But the court filing suggested Manafort admitted to the actions.

Manafort had faced seven charges in and faces another 10 possible charges in which had been declared in mistrial. He has already been convicted on eight counts of and tax fraud crimes in the trial.

The has distanced itself from Manafort and downplayed his time leading the Trump campaign. But but last month, Trump expressed sympathy for him.

"I feel very badly for and his wonderful family," the tweeted the week of Manafort's conviction in his trial.

"Justice' took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break' - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a brave man!" Trump had said.

In their filing, prosecutors described Manafort's scheme to take in more than $60 million from pro-Russian Ukrainians and launder that money to avoid paying taxes.

He appeared to admit to the allegations he faced in both Virginia federal court and DC district court, describing his use of offshore accounts to move the money, deceive his accountants and and then spend the money on lavish purchases and real estate, said.

He also will admit to lying to banks about his assets to gain new loans as a way to supplement his income, according to the filing.

According to the charging document, Manafort will forfeit his home in the Hamptons section of New York's Long Island, properties in City and property on Edgewood Street in Alexandria, Virginia,

In addition, Manafort will forfeit all of the money contained in four and a



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 21:00 IST