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

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

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

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. She also noted that this development is not a win for Mueller - it likely means they did not get what they hoped to gain from Manafort's cooperation. The accusation implies that Manafort has acted in violation of his plea agreement with the government in September which required him to "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" cooperate with the government's investigation.

"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterisation or that he has breached the agreement", his lawyers said.

The special counsel's office says it will provide more details at a later date.

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.

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.

Manafort, who was convicted in August of bank and tax fraud, later pleaded guilty to other charges and also began cooperating with Mueller.

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If Manafort is found to be lying under oath, it's possible that his deal with Mueller will be revoked and he could be charged with perjury in addition to his tax fraud and conspiracy convictions.

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". He had been in the room for the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who touted they had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton; he had allegedly offered private briefings on the campaign to a Russian oligarch to whom he was indebted, according to The Washington Post; and he had overseen the Trump campaign in the months when Russian military intelligence allegedly hacked Democratic Party officials.

Prosecutors did not elaborate on areas where they contend that Manafort lied.

As part of his plea agreement, Manafort also agreed to forfeit five properties he owned in NY, including his apartment at Trump Tower and his sprawling estate in the Hamptons.

He has been held in a Virginia jail since June.

Manafort was convicted on 8 counts in the Eastern District of Virginia and sentencing in that case is scheduled for early February.

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