Mueller: Ex-Trump campaign chair lied, broke plea agreement

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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.

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

Manafort said in the same filing he disagreed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's assertion that he lied to investigators. Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully co-operate with the investigation, he “committed federal crimes†by lying about “a variety of subject matters.

Manafort denied the charges, and his attorneys in a joint filing wrote that he "has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations".

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

A month later he pleaded guilty to two other criminal charges in a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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At the very least it seems unlikely that prosecutors will request a lighter sentence in response to Mr Manafort's cooperation.

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

"As the defendant has breached the plea agreement, there is no reason to delay his sentencing".

Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for US President Donald Trump. "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".

Manafort, 69, was convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud over the summer in connection to work he completed in Ukraine as a political consultant.

Manafort's plea deal stipulates: 'If prosecutors determine that Manafort had failed to cooperate fully, has intentionally given false, misleading or incomplete information or testimony, he will not be released from his pleas of guilty but the Government will be released from its obligations'. Trump denies any campaign collusion and calls the investigation a political witch hunt. In his separate Virginia case, Manafort's potential sentencing under federal guidelines has not yet been calculated, but prosecutors have previously said he could face as much as 10 years in prison on those charges. Sentencing in that case is scheduled for February 8.

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