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(NBC News) Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reportedly reached a tentative deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
It’s unclear what’s included in the deal, and if it means Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation.
Since Manafort’s first conviction last month, the president has publically distanced himself from his one-time campaign chairman.
“I feel very sad about that. It doesn’t involve me, but I still feel it’s a very sad thing to happen,” Trump said after Manafort was convicted.
President Trump’s laywer, Rudy Guiliani, says a plea deal wouldn’t stop the president from pardoning Manafort.
Legal analysts question that strategy.
“It runs afoul of any rational reason that you would pardon someone if they’re admitting their guilt,” says former U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel Goldman.
If the deal happens Manafort will be the fourth former Trump aide to plead guilty to crimes uncovered during the Russia investigation.