Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

  • In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. A status hearing was scheduled Friday for Manafort amid reports that he was nearing a plea deal to avoid trial next week on charges stemming from work he did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Paul Manafort’s wife Kathleen Manafort, left, arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of a deal with the special counsel’s office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe.