WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, pleaded guilty on Friday to reduced charges ahead of his second trial in Washington D.C. federal court. He will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of guilty plea, a prosecutor said.
Speaking at the beginning of the plea hearing in court, Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said that Manafort has agreed to cooperate with investigators, as part of the 17-page plea deal.
In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement.
"This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign," she said. "It is totally unrelated."