The Wall Street Journal: Paul Manafort’s ex-son-in-law pleads guilty, said to be cooperating with feds

A former son-in-law of President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges in a sealed proceeding in California in January and is cooperating with federal investigators, people familiar with the matter said.

Jeffrey Yohai, the former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the Central District of California relating to real-estate loans on properties in New York and California, these people said. Yohai invested with Manafort on real estate deals in both states, public records show.

Yohai in recent months met with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, who has brought charges against Manafort as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

Manafort faces two trials stemming from the special counsel investigation, the first of which is set to begin in July. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including bank and tax fraud. A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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