Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to federal c - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to federal charges as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local):

A judge says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's plea deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with the special counsel's investigation.
  
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in court Friday that Manafort must participate in interviews and debriefings, provide documents and testify in future cases.
  
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.
  
Friday's move gives special counsel Robert Mueller another successful conviction while allowing Manafort to avoid facing another costly public trial in Washington.
  
Manafort was convicted last month of eight financial crimes in a separate trial in Virginia.
  
___
  
Noon
  
The White House says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller is "totally unrelated" to the president.
  
Press secretary Sarah Sanders says in a statement, "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated."
  
Manafort says he intends to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice relating to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
  
The plea deal allows Manafort to avoid a second trial scheduled to begin next week in Washington. Manafort was found guilty by a Virginia jury last month of multiple financial crimes.
  
Manafort was instrumental to President Donald Trump's securing the GOP nomination in 2016 and served on his campaign until August of that year.
  
___
  
11:40 a.m.
  
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has cut a "cooperation agreement" with prosecutors and intends to plead guilty 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 Friday that 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.
  

10:10 a.m.
  
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel's office.
  
A court filing Friday shows a plea hearing is set for later in the morning.
  
The plea deal would allow 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.
  
Prosecutors had filed new charging documents against Manafort. The charges in Friday's filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.
  
Manafort's second trial would have been related to his Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.
  


  
9:30 a.m.
  
Prosecutors have filed new charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, signaling he may plead guilty ahead of a second trial next week.
  
The charges in Friday's filing were contained in a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and typically signals a deal has been reached.
  
The charges include conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
  
Manafort is expected to appear in court later Friday morning.
  
It's unclear whether any agreement with prosecutors would require him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  
Manafort was facing a second trial set to begin on Monday in Washington on charges related to Ukrainian political consulting work.
  
___
  
8:10 a.m.
  
A court hearing was scheduled Friday for Paul Manafort amid reports that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman was nearing a plea deal to avoid trial on charges stemming from work he did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine.
  
Several media outlets reported that Manafort is close to a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The New York Times said it was unclear whether such an agreement would include his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling during Trump's 2016 campaign.
  
The developments were first reported by ABC News, which said details of the deal would be announced in court on Friday. The network cited three unidentified sources with knowledge of the deal.
  
Manafort has already been convicted of financial fraud in Virginia.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-12-21 19:36:25 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>
  • Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:45 PM EST2018-11-15 01:45:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>
  • Couple, homeless man charged in charitable scam

    Couple, homeless man charged in charitable scam

    Thursday, November 15 2018 2:39 PM EST2018-11-15 19:39:47 GMT

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Authorities say a New Jersey couple and a homeless man made up a "feel good" story about the man helping them so they could raise money through an online fundraiser. Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D'Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday.

    >>

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Authorities say a New Jersey couple and a homeless man made up a "feel good" story about the man helping them so they could raise money through an online fundraiser. Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D'Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • FBI 3D prints replicas of decoy heads used in Alcatraz escape

    FBI 3D prints replicas of decoy heads used in Alcatraz escape

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:13 PM EST2018-11-16 03:13:05 GMT
    Courtesy of AP/Eric RisbergCourtesy of AP/Eric Risberg

    The FBI has created replicas of decoy heads used by prisoners to mount their infamous escape from Alcatraz Island in 1962. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates had constructed with soap, plaster and human hair to distract guards from their plan. 

    >>

    The FBI has created replicas of decoy heads used by prisoners to mount their infamous escape from Alcatraz Island in 1962. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates had constructed with soap, plaster and human hair to distract guards from their plan. 

    >>
  • Road construction issue has Spokane Valley drivers worried

    Road construction issue has Spokane Valley drivers worried

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:03 PM EST2018-11-16 03:03:57 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. I got results following this story about a power pole left standing in the middle of a Spokane Valley road but just afterward I received an email detailing another road problem, and I had my work cut out for me. Doug Kaer says a road project at the intersection of Havana and Eighth Avenue just a half mile down the street from that power pole has been fouling up traffic for months. It's become a real hazard he says and he had a close call of his own...

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. I got results following this story about a power pole left standing in the middle of a Spokane Valley road but just afterward I received an email detailing another road problem, and I had my work cut out for me. Doug Kaer says a road project at the intersection of Havana and Eighth Avenue just a half mile down the street from that power pole has been fouling up traffic for months. It's become a real hazard he says and he had a close call of his own...

    >>
  • Seven more fatalities reported in Northern California wildfire, death toll rises to 63

    Seven more fatalities reported in Northern California wildfire, death toll rises to 63

    Thursday, November 15 2018 9:46 PM EST2018-11-16 02:46:49 GMT

    Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.

    >>

    Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.

    >>