Manafort breached plea deal by repeatedly lying to investigators, Mueller says

Marsha Scott
November 30, 2018

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort continued to lie to investigators even after making a plea deal according to prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The president's attack on the investigation comes after Mueller said in court filings Monday that a cooperation pact with Trump's one-time campaign chief Paul Manafort was void because Manafort lied to federal investigators and prosecutors.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced in the Virginia case on February 8, 2019, The New York Times reported.

Mueller's team of prosecutors in court filings on Monday said Manafort breached an agreement he had to cooperate with the investigation and now faces a stiffer sentence.

Mueller and Manafort had come to the plea agreement in October, just before the case against the former Trump campaign chairman in D.C. was about to go to trial.

As part of his plea deal, Manafort admitted to committing a host of money laundering and foreign lobbying crimes and fraud, giving the federal prosecutors ample leverage over him.

Asked whether Trump is concerned about the final report that Mueller's team is expected to produce once the investigation wraps - and whether it might become public - Sanders said the president doesn't have "any concerns" about what it might say because "there was no wrongdoing by him".

Without a pardon, Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison, experts said.

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President Trump has distanced himself from Manafort, playing down Manafort's role in the campaign. The former campaign chief pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts after a jury convicted him of bank and tax fraud.

Trump's tweet this morning seems to try to shift blame away from Manafort and toward Robert Mueller, which could intentionally be a means of setting his base up for a future pardon.

President Donald Trump launched a fierce new attack Tuesday against Russian Federation collusion investigator Robert Mueller, pumping up the political tensions as the probe increasingly menaces the White House.

"They are trying not to get a witness to sing, but to compose", he said in an interview with Reuters on Monday night.

Both moves added to speculation that Mueller is getting closer to wrapping up his 18-month-old probe - potentially bringing charges related to collusion between Trump's campaign and a Russian effort to tilt the 2016 vote, or to an alleged attempt by Trump to obstruct the probe itself. That was when he began cooperating with Mueller and his team.

They did not immediately detail what Manafort lied about, saying his "crimes and lies" would be revealed at another time.

Another Mueller case charged that Russians working for and associated with a St. Petersburg troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, ran a social-media disinformation campaign during the election that was aimed at stoking divisions between US voters on controversial issues such as immigration, race, and gun control. A spokesman for Mueller, who was Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time, said there was no dispute when Mueller left the club. Had Manafort provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors, they could recommend a reduction in the 10-year term he faced under the deal.

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