The Wall Street Journal: Paul Manafort pleads guilty and will cooperate in Mueller probe

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to two criminal charges and cooperate with federal prosecutors investigating links to Russian election interference, developments that could add momentum to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Manafort, who becomes the fifth associate of President Trump to plead guilty in connection with the Mueller investigation, is admitting to conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He already was convicted last month by a federal jury in Virginia of not reporting to tax authorities more than $16 million he earned for political consulting work in Ukraine in the early 2010s.

Friday’s plea agreement heads off a second criminal trial for Manafort that was to begin next week. That trial, in Washington, D.C., was set to cover additional charges related to that Ukraine work.

An expanded version of this story appears at WSJ.com.

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