Mueller: Paul Manafort violated plea deal by lying to feds

27 November, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Mueller accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office "on a variety of subject matters" since his plea deal earlier this year, thereby violating the agreement, Mueller said in a court filing submitted Monday night, while adding that Manafort claims he's been truthful.

The FBI claims that lobbyist and political consultant Paul Manafort lied to the government "on a variety of subject matters".

Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russian Federation probe, in breach of his plea agreement.

In August he was convicted on eight counts of fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose bank accounts.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering on September 14. Earlier this month, there were mounting tensions between Mueller and Manafort over Manafort's apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. But special counsel prosecutors were "not getting what they want", one source with knowledge of the discussions said.


As Mueller's probe continues to come up short on expectations proving the endlessly hyped accusation of collusion, investigators have been forced to double-down on those who have been implicated, even if their ability to connect Trump with Russian Federation ends up looking like a game of "several degrees of separation". Prosecutors promise a "detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein".

Both Mueller and Manafort asked the judge to proceed with sentencing of Manafort without delay.

Through his attorneys, Manafort denied lying, saying he "believes he provided truthful information" during a series of sessions with Mueller's investigators.

The breakdown comes at the same time that another cooperator in the Mueller investigation, George Papadopoulos, unsuccessfully sought to postpone his jail term, in the hope that an appeals court would overturn his sentence.

"A breach relieves the government of any obligations it has under the agreement, including its agreement to a reduction in the sentencing guidelines for acceptance of responsibility, but leaves intact all the obligations of the defendant as well as his guilty pleas", Mueller wrote. President Trump has consistently and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Recommended:



Popular

Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Baby Will Make History
Their new place is a good 20 miles - or about a 45-minute drive - from their current digs on the grounds of Kensington Palace. The geographical divide has led many Royal watchers to wonder if there is bad blood between Meghan and Kate Middleton .

United States urges Pakistan to sanction terrorists behind Mumbai attacks
In this photo taken on November 29, 2008 Indian soldiers take cover during a terror attack at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai .

Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others
Now, critics aren't backing down once again after border agents used tear gas against migrant children attempting to seek asylum. Most of the migrants stumbled back into camp in the northwestern Mexican city of Tijuana, dirty, scared and with ripped clothes.

President, PM lead congratulatory messages for 'Magnificent' Mary
Sonia Chahal surprised one and all as she on to win the silver medal in the 57 kg weight category at the World Championships. The German landed a lot of punches on Sonia in the second and the Indian appeared to be trying to just play out the bout.

How major USA stock indexes fared Tuesday
Apple fell 4.7 percent to $177.10 and is down 24.2 percent from the peak it reached October 3, though it's still up for the year. In Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.4 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea was down 0.3 per cent.

Turning over the Washington Wizards roster in five trades
Wall did apologize to Brooks shortly afterward, and to his teammates the following day, league sources said. Brooks criticized his team's effort after back-to-back losses to the Nets and Trail Blazers last weekend.

EU, Britain agree draft deal on post-Brexit ties, await summit approval
May signalled that she reaffirmed her position in a phone conversation late Wednesday with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. She said the alternative to the agreement was either "more uncertainty, more division or it could risk no Brexit at all".

Trump Compares Ivanka Email Scandal to Hillary Clinton's
What happens next to Ivanka has yet to be seen, but knowing the Trump family she'll probably skip right on through this faux pas. Former FBI Director James Comey and FBI agent Peter Strzok also used private email accounts to conduct government business.

American 'killed by isolated Indian island tribe'
Indian media reports said the American was on an adventure trip to the islands and his body had been spotted by the fishermen. Attempts by Indian census officials to count them from a distance have put their number at fewer than 100.

Future of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Uncertain Amid CEO Arrest
Japanese prosecutors raided Nissan's global headquarters in Yokahama after Mr Ghosn's arrest , seeking evidence. Nissan's board was due to meet Thursday to consider dismissing Ghosn from his role as chairman.