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Trump’s Former Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, To Co-operate With Mueller Probe

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Paul Manafort, pictured right next to Donald Trump, has agreed to cooperate with the probe into Russian election meddling

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a “co-operation agreement” ahead of a second trial, a US prosecutor said on Friday.

Manafort will assist with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling as part of a plea deal, prosecutors told a federal court in Washington.

The 69-year-old also pleaded guilty to two criminal counts, becoming the most prominent former Trump campaign official to plead guilty in Mueller’s investigation.

He admitted one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice brought by Mueller’s team. 

Mueller’s probe has cast a shadow over Trump’s presidency and Manafort’s decision to cooperate deals a setback to the president ahead of congressional elections on 6 November. 

A longtime Republican operative, Manafort made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians before taking an unpaid position with Trump’s campaign for five months, Reuters reported.

He led the campaign in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention.

Moscow has denied interfering in the 2016 election and Trump has said there was no collusion.

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