Paul Manafort to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges in Washington

Source: Washington Examiner | September 14, 2018 | Kelly Cohen

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes lodged against him in Washington, according to a document filed in federal court.

A charging document, filed early Friday in the District of Columbia, changes the criminal indictment against Manafort, 69, to a plea agreement.

Manafort will plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy against the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice — two of the seven crimes he was charged with.

“Manafort cheated the United States out of over $15 million in taxes,” the document states.

Manafort is expected to enter his guilty plea Friday morning in federal court.

It is not immediately clear if cooperation is part of the plea deal, which still has to be accepted by the judge overseeing the case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

As part of the plea, Manafort will forfeit his home in the Hamptons, and properties in in New York City and in Alexandria, Va. He’ll also forfeit all funds contained in four banking accounts and a life insurance policy.

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