The feds were expected to announce the agreement in court Friday, but it remained uncertain whether the worldwide man of intrigue had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Russian Federation probe.
The report said it is not yet clear whether the plea deal will include cooperation with the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which brought the charges that relate to Manafort's work as an agent for foreign governments.
No details were immediately available about the charges to which Manafort might plead guilty or whether he might cooperate with prosecutors, according to a person familiar with the matter.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing and Mueller spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the ABC News report.
"With eight convictions already in place, and more possible convictions awaiting him, it seems that he has been bloodied up enough to see the light", Dressler said.
Before joining Trump's campaign, Manafort worked extensively for pro-Kremlin politicians and oligarchs in Ukraine. Trump has not said whether or not he would pardon Manafort, but he has not publicly ruled it out.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort departs the federal court house after a status hearing in Washington, Feb. 14, 2018. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is representing Trump in the Russian Federation probe, previously told the Politico news outlet that taking a plea deal to avoid a second trial would not crush Manafort's chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.
"I don't think he has any information that would hurt the president", Giuliani told Reuters.
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal defense attorney, said Thursday that he is not anxious about Manafort cutting a plea deal because Trump's team is convinced he won't say anything damaging about the president. "Such respect for a courageous man!", Trump wrote on Twitter on August 22. His onetime business partner and protégé, Rick Gates, made such a deal and appeared as the government's star witness against Manafort in his Virginia trial last month.