Manafort seeks plea deal without special counsel cooperation: report

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFormer White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report Cohen questioned for hours in Mueller probe about Trump's dealings with Russia: report MORE is pushing for a plea deal that would keep him from having to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation, ABC News reports.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Manafort, who was convicted of multiple charges last month, is in negotiations to reach a potential deal to avoid his second trial, coming up in Washington, D.C.

Citing sources familiar with negotiations, ABC News reported Wednesday afternoon that Manafort’s team is pushing for the deal not to include cooperation, at least as it relates to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE.


Mueller’s office is reportedly seeking cooperation from Manafort for information related to Trump and the 2016 campaign.

Manafort was convicted last month in a federal district court in Virginia on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. He now faces seven additional charges in D.C., including conspiracy to launder money and failing to register as a foreign lobbyist.

Jury selection in the case is slated to start Monday, and the trial is scheduled to begin a week later.

On Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson moved a pretrial hearing in the case from Wednesday to Friday without any explanation. 

On Wednesday morning, Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort’s family, said he could not comment on the reported negotiations.

Manafort attorney Kevin Downing did not respond to a request for comment, and the special counsel’s office declined to comment on the latest report from ABC News Wednesday afternoon.