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Paul Manafort pleads guilty in deal with special prosecutors, NBC News reports

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WASHINGTON – Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman, will plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge that accused him of money laundering, tax fraud, and lying to investigators after a new document was filed in federal court, according to NBC News.

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.