Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Mueller: Manafort Lied During My Investigation, Voiding His Cooperation Agreement

Mueller: Manafort Lied During My Investigation, Voiding His Cooperation Agreement

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller claims that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort lied to investigators, and violated his plea agreement.

Mueller continued on to recommend that Manafort be sentenced for the crimes that he admitted to in the plea deal.

"After signing the plea agreement, 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 said in a joint status report filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the USA election said the breach meant there was now no reason to delay sentencing.

He was convicted in a Virginia federal court on eight counts of financial fraud.

Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two charges - conspiring to defraud the USA and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Manafort's defense team said in response: "He believes he has provided truthful information" and tried to 'live up to his cooperation obligations'.

Manafort, who worked for the Trump campaign for almost six months in the middle of 2016, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and another count of obstruction of justice in a deal to avert a second trial on money laundering and illegal lobbying charges.

After an allegedly drunken Papadopoulos related the conversation to an Australian diplomat who passed the information on through intelligence channels, the FBI opened an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. It is not clear if these charges will now be refiled.

Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Russian Federation investigation, told Reuters in October that he had periodically spoken with Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, and that he believed Manafort had not provided any information to prosecutors that was damaging to the president. But the announcement raised the possibility that President Donald Trump could again see Manafort as an ally and antagonist of Mueller, and consider pardoning him.

The move signals a return to the acrimonious relationship Manafort has had with the special counsel's office since his indictment previous year.

Manafort, 69, worked for the Trump presidential campaign for five months in 2016 and was in charge when Mr Trump clinched the Republican party nomination. The former Trump campaign chairman has met with prosecutors at least nine times, amounting to hours of discussions about what he knows.

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