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Activists outside the courthouse prior to Paul Manafort's trial. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to charges brought forth by special counsel Robert Mueller, and has entered into a "cooperation agreement" with the Justice Department. He'll also plead guilty to the 10 charges that were declared a mistrial last month, per ABC News.

The bottom line: It's not clear what kind of information Manafort has to provide Mueller — or who he might implicate. But five other charges were dropped by prosecutors, the NYT reports, "encompassing money laundering and violations of a lobbying disclosure law."

The backdrop: Manafort was found guilty on eight criminal counts in August, including bank fraud, tax fraud and hiding a foreign bank account. And per the Times, he's been "reassessing his legal risks" ever since.

The details: The documents filed by the special counsel on Friday allege that Manafort engaged in conspiracy against the U.S., including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice.

  • It also claims he conspired to obstruct justice through witness tampering.

President Trump has voiced support for Manafort in the past, praising him for not caving into pressure to make a deal.

Statement from White House: "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign," said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. "It is totally unrelated."

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Hawaii became on Thursday the fifth state to confirm the newly discovered Omicron variant after New York announced five new cases earlier in the day.

The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

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A major Democratic donor and Nord Stream 2 lobbyist has made maximum campaign contributions this year to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and vulnerable Senate Democrats, campaign finance records show.

Why it matters: If pressure from the White House to vote against reimposing sanctions on the Russia-backed natural gas pipeline weren't enough, Democrats who back such legislation also will be at loggerheads with one of their party's top fundraisers.