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Report: Paul Manafort close to guilty plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending on properties and clothing and allegations that the political consultant laundered money through offshore bank accounts. What’s likely to be missing: answers about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (Circa) - Paul Manafort, former campaign chair to President Donald Trump, is close to making a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller for a guilty plea, according to a CNN report.

The report states that this plea deal was expected ahead of his upcoming trial on allegations of illegal foreign lobbying. A pre-trial motion hearing is scheduled for this Friday.

The deal is expected to address the charges Manafort faces in both DC and Virginia.

A report by ABC News said that a tentative guilty plea deal had been reached.

Manafort's legal team was seen at the special counsel's office, according to CNN.

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