Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller's team says

Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller's team says

Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller's team says

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has breached his plea deal by lying to federal investigators, according to a court filing, in a potential setback to the special counsel's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The filing says Manafort does not agree with prosecutors' assertion that he has lied.

The longtime Republican operative has yet to be sentenced on fraud charges after a jury in August convicted him of eight felony counts of filing false tax returns, failing to report foreign bank accounts and bank fraud.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering on September 14, nearly a year after he was first charged and following his conviction by a jury in a separate but related case on eight tax and banking crimes.

What's more, earlier Monday, President Trump just happened to lash out about Mueller's forthcoming final Russian Federation report. "The government will file 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".

Even though Mueller's team alleges he's breached his plea agreement, Manafort must comply with the prosecutors' demands going forward.

Before the plea, Manafort's defenders had long insisted that he would not cooperate with Mueller and that he does not have information that would incriminate the president.

But federal prosecutors on Monday said he violated the pact and asked a judge to sentence him.

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

"The consequences are potentially devastating for Manafort", said Washington attorney Shanlon Wu, who represented Manafort's ex-business associate Rick Gates before he pleaded guilty and became a star witness for prosecutors. Prosecutors said Manafort's cooperation would include "interviews, briefings, producing documents, [and] testifying in other matters".

The timing of the Manafort status update is worth noting in its own right - seriously, it feels like it was only just yesterday that President Trump supplied written answers to Mueller's questions "regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry".

Manafort, 69, was thought to be a star witness in the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, given his knowledge of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "So I don't think it would be unreasonable for Manafort to also hope for a pardon".

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

President Donald Trump has denied he knew about the meeting ahead of time and repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a 'witch hunt'.

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