President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is weighing a possible guilty plea agreement with federal prosecutors to avoid his second criminal trial, according to a person familiar with the matter tells Bloomberg News.
Manafort’s lawyers have been discussing the number of charges that he may plead guilty to and the length of a sentence to be recommended by prosecutors.
The Hill added:
He faces seven separate charges in Washington, D.C., including conspiracy to launder money and failing to register as a foreign lobbyist. Manafort is charged is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine.
The Washington, D.C., trial follows Manafort’s Virginia trial, which ended last month in an indictment on eight felony counts of tax and bank fraud. The federal jury declared a mistrial on 10 other charges.
Manafort is due to be sentenced for those convictions later this year, and faces the possibility of years behind bars.