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.



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