Manafort Lied and Should Get No Break on Term, Mueller Says

27 November, 2018, 09:11 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

In a court filing on Monday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller declared that President Donald Trump's former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort has violated his plea deal with federal prosecutors by lying multiple times to the FBI.

Both the special counsel and Mr Manafort's legal representatives asked the court to set a date for sentencing.

"After signing the plea agreement", the filing read, "Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement".

Prosecutors did not provide details of the alleged lies but said they would do so prior to sentencing.

A month later he pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy against the U.S. and one charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the plea bargain with Mr Mueller.

"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement", Manafort's lawyers said in the same filing.

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Manafort pleaded guilty on September 14, days before trial in Washington, to two charges - conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice - admitting to years of financial crimes related to his undisclosed lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party and a politician in Ukraine.

The torpedoing of Manafort's plea deal could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence and potentially more criminal charges. He was ordered to forfeit an estimated US$15 million (NZ$22.2 million) he hid from the IRS but is permitted to keep some property held with family members. Under the terms of the deal, Manafort was required to be "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" cooperate with the USA government.

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.

As prosecutors accused Manafort of lying, George Papadopoulos - the former Trump campaign aide whose Russian Federation contacts set off the collusion investigation - entered a minimum security unit to start serving out his two-week jail sentence at the Oxford, Wisconsin federal prison.

He pleaded guilty in October 2017 and pledged to cooperate with the Mueller probe, and was later sentenced after expressing his remorse that he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security". With a circumstance like this, only one side of the deal gets torn up - and that's the prosecutors' promises of mercy, they said in the filing Monday.

They said Mr Manafort disagreed with the characterisation that he had breached the agreement. "He has accepted responsibility".

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