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

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

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

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, breaching his plea agreement, according to a court filing on Monday. 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.

Through his attorneys, Manafort denied lying, saying he "believes he provided truthful information" during a series of sessions with Mueller's investigators.

Manafort, though he has not made public statements since his plea, was thought to be the star cooperator in the special counsel's ongoing probe.

Manafort denies doing so, and both sides agree that sentencing should be set immediately.

'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 wrote.

While the Manafort document detailing lies won't be an "indictment", it is nonetheless an opportunity for Mueller to put together an extensive narrative that will become a part of public record.

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. The cases that Mueller's team brought against Manafort largely focused on his Ukrainian political consulting work, his United States lobbying over the last decade and the financial management of his business proceeds.

Russian Federation denies US allegations it hacked Democratic Party emails and ran a disinformation campaign, largely on social media.

The apparent collapse of Manafort's cooperation agreement is the latest stunning turnaround in his case, exposing the longtime Republican consultant to more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty in September on charges of cheating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), violating foreign lobbying laws and attempting to obstruct justice.

He faces multiple years in prison.

Manafort has been held in a detention centre in Virginia since June. Except for one aspect of their bank fraud case, in which Manafort appeared to dangle access to the Trump campaign in exchange for a bank loan, the cases did not publicly describe Manafort's work as campaign chairman. "Manafort met with the government on numerous occasions and answered the government's questions". Sentencing in that case is scheduled for February 8.

The judge in DC District Court who received the update Monday night has not yet weighed in, and a sentencing for Manafort's guilty plea has not yet been scheduled.

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