Paul Manafort to plead guilty in special counsel probe

In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to federal charges ahead of a second trial, according to a new court filing signed by special counsel Robert Mueller, ABC News has learned.

A status hearing in the case is expected to take place Friday morning.

ABC News confirmed Thursday that Manafort tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial.

Jury selection in the trial was scheduled to start on Monday.

Last month, Manafort was convicted of eight financial crimes, including tax fraud, in a separate trial in Virginia.

Manafort's second trial would have been related to his Ukrainian political consulting work, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

ABC News and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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