Ex-Trump aide Manafort violated plea agreement by lying, prosecutors say

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

There are so many takeaways from special counsel Robert Mueller's allegation that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has lied time and again to FBI investigators, even after Manafort reached a plea agreement that clearly stipulated what cooperation would entail.

Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation, he "committed federal crimes" by lying about "a variety of subject matters". "He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement".

He attended a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a group of Russians offering damaging information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost to Mr Trump in an upset in the presidential vote that November. But special counsel prosecutors were "not getting what they want", one source with knowledge of the discussions said. It goes on to say that Mueller's team will ask a judge to sentence Manafort for lying to the special counsel.

The torpedoing of Manafort's plea deal could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence and potentially more criminal charges.

Special counsel Robert Mueller claimed that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, lied to prosecutors after striking a plea deal, and requested that he be sentenced for his crimes.

Instead, the filing suggests that the sides have been wrangling over whether Manafort was fulfilling his cooperation duties - with Mueller ultimately concluding he wasn't.

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Manafort lied "on a variety of subject matters", violating his plea agreement, prosecutors said in a three-page filing signed by both the defense team and prosecution.

But the development will also raise speculation that Manafort may be seeking to curry favor with Trump or protecting other associates who worked on the campaign.

Since September this year when he took a plea deal in return for reduced charges, Mr Manafort has been cooperating with Mr Mueller's inquiry.

Russian Federation denies USA allegations it hacked Democratic Party emails and ran a disinformation campaign, largely on social media. Except for one aspect of their bank fraud case, in which Manafort appeared to dangle access to the Trump campaign in exchange for a bank loan, the cases did not publicly describe Manafort's work as campaign chairman.

As part of the plea deal, Manafort agreed to provide information on a "broad" array of topics in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence in his August conviction in Virginia on bank and tax fraud. "Manafort met with the government on numerous occasions and answered the government's questions".

He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case in February.

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