Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to federal court filings.
Jackson’s ruling clears the way for Manafort to be tried later this month on several felony charges related to his lobbying and political consulting work on behalf of Ukrainian political interests.
A jury there convicted him on eight counts of filing false tax returns, failing to report foreign bank accounts, and bank fraud.
Jackson is allowing prosecutors to mention that Manafort was campaign chairman in August 2016 when press reports, including articles by The Associated Press, called attention to his lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the pro-Russian Party of Regions.
Reacting to Manafort’s August conviction, President Trump described Manafort as a “good man,” and once again labeled the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”