Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty Ahead of Second Trial, Takes Deal From Special Counsel

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Posted: Sep 14, 2018 9:40 AM
Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty Ahead of Second Trial, Takes Deal From Special Counsel

UPDATE: It's official. From the Special Counsel - 

"The court has scheduled an arraignment and plea agreement hearing today for U.S. v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., 69, of Alexandria, Va., at 11 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson at the D.C. federal courthouse on 3rd and Constitution."

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There are multiple reports out Friday morning stating former Trump campaign chairman and businessman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to a series of charges filed against him in the District of Columbia by Robert Mueller's Special Counsel. 

The plea agreement comes ten days before Manafort's second Special Counsel trial was set to start. The details of the agreement haven't been released.

In August, Manafort was convicted on a number of felony counts by a jury in northern Virginia. 

A jury made up of six men and six women in Alexandria, Virginia has come to a unanimous verdict on eight counts against former Trump campaign chairman and businessman Paul Manafort.

He has been found guilty on five counts of filing false tax returns from 2009-2014. He was also found guilty on three charges of bank fraud. He faces a maximum 80 years in federal prison for his crimes and will be sentenced on August 28, 2018. The jury deliberated for four days.

In total Manafort was charged with 18 counts, all felonies, and the jury could not come to agreement on ten counts. Because of this, a partial verdict has been reached and a mistrial has been declared by Judge T.S. Ellis on the ten counts that were deadlocked.