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Judge drops undecided criminal charges against Manafort

Paul Manafort walking into court.
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The criminal charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that a jury couldn't come to a decision on in August were dropped Friday as to move him closer to sentencing, Reuters reports.

The details: The prosecutors had hoped to re-visit the charges after Manafort's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller concluded, per Reuters, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said he was "not willing to go on endlessly," and wanted to move forward with Manafort's sentencing. The charges that were dropped are allowed to be re-introduced at a later date.

What's next: The sentence Manafort receives may be reduced depending on what he brings of value to Mueller's investigation. His sentencing date was set for February 8.

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