UPDATE | Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort pleads guilty


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty today to two federal charges as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors.

The deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

The charges against Manafort are related to his Ukrainian consulting work – not Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which is the central issue in the special counsel's investigation.

Today's move gives Mueller another successful conviction while allowing Manafort to avoid facing another costly public trial.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.

11:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has cut a "cooperation agreement" with prosecutors and intends to plead guilty today to charges related to his Ukrainian consulting work.

The deal allows Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington.

Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in court today Manafort had struck a "cooperation agreement." He did not elaborate on the agreement.

Manafort told the judge he wants to plead guilty.

Manafort's second trial would have been related to Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

9:35 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors filed a new charging document against ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. CNN is reporting that Manafort will plead guilty today.

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