Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends the former Trump campaign chairman’s more than yearlong fight against investigators in the Russia investigation.

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe.

The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends Manafort’s more than yearlong fight against investigators in the Russia investigation.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia and faces 7 to 10 years in prison in that case.

On Friday, prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in court that Manafort had struck a “cooperation agreement” and would plead guilty to charges related to his Ukrainian political consulting work.

“He wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.

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