Tentative Plea Deal Reached Between Gov't And Paul Manafort

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Paul Manafort reportedly has reached a tentative plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to ABC News.

The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.