Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort is about to plead guilty to Mueller & # 039;

<pre><pre>Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort is about to plead guilty to Mueller & # 039;

The former president of the campaign of US President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, is close to reaching an agreement with special lawyer Robert Mueller, but no agreement has been reached, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. .

"It's close, but it's not there yet," the source said.

Earlier, ABC News, citing three anonymous sources with knowledge of the discussions, said Manafort had tentatively agreed to a plea agreement and that it was expected to be announced at a court hearing on Friday in Washington.

ABC News said it was not clear if Manafort had also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

The selection of the jury is scheduled to begin Monday at Manafort's second trial in federal court in Washington on charges including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States, failure to register as a foreign agent, and forgery of witnesses.

Manafort was convicted last month in a trial in Alexandria, Va., For eight counts of bank and tax fraud and for not disclosing bank accounts abroad.

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The prosecutions stemmed from Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to help him win. Trump has denied the collusion with the Russians and the Russians have denied the interference.

The jury in the August trial could not reach a verdict on 10 other charges, after a single juror said he had reasonable doubts about whether Manafort was guilty, according to another jury member.

None of the charges against Manafort are related to alleged collusion with Russia.