Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

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    • Obviously, Manafort knows he’d be convicted in the D.C. trial. So, he could plead guilty to avoid the expense and stress of that ordeal in addition to getting a slightly reduced prison sentence. He also knows he would presumably get a pardon from Trump because of the communication between his legal team and the White House’s allowable under the joint defense agreement.

      But, that scenario gives nothing to prosecutors. If Manafort won’t cooperate, why would Mueller agree to a deal? Wouldn’t he just tell Manafort “no deal” and to plea guilty in court? If I were Mueller, I’d want something more.

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