Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleged Monday night in a court filing that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied to his team of prosecutors and the FBI “on a variety of subject matters” since entering his plea deal – therefore violating it, while adding that Manafort insists he’s been truthful.
In Monday’s filing, federal investigators wrote the following: “Mr. Manafort’s “crimes and lies” during a series of interviews with prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the F.B.I. relieve them of all promises they made to him in the plea agreement reached in mid-September.”
Manafort’s lawyers however argued in a status report to Judge Amy Berman Jackson that he’s been truthful with the special counsel’s office and has abided by the agreement. Given the disagreement of cooperation between the two parties, Manafort asked that Judge Jackson schedule sentencing.
At a minimum, this new development means that federal prosecutors will not seek a lighter sentence in return for Manafort’s cooperation. Mueller’s prosecutors could also potentially refile charges of bank fraud, which were previously dismissed, as part of his guilty plea.
This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.
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