Manafort violated plea deal, lied to investigators, prosecutors say

Breaking Court filing details stunning development in Mueller investigation

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller said President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, lied to investigators, which was a breech of his cooperation agreement.

Robert Mueller says Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement.

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.

"A breach relieves the government of any obligations it has under the agreement". "Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations". His attorneys say in the same filing that he believes he "provided truthful information".

In the plea deal, Manafort plead guilty to conspiracy against the USA and obstruction of justice, related to allegations of witness tampering.

In August, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted Manafort of bank and tax fraud.

Still, Mueller's office argued it would "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, including those after signing the plea agreement herein".

Papadopoulos was an obscure oil industry analyst when he joined the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisory team in March 2016.

One, a mysterious professor by the name of Joseph Mifsud, told Papadopoulos that Moscow had dirt on Trump's election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump has denied he knew about the meeting ahead of time and repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a 'witch hunt'.

Emails and testimony by other witnesses showed that Papadopoulos had repeatedly reported his Russian Federation contacts and meetings to the Trump campaign, raising suspicions of collusion.

In return for his cooperation, Manafort hoped to have prosecutors recommend leniency, possibly slicing years off his term of incarceration.

But immediately after that, Papadopoulos declared he had been entrapped by USA and foreign intelligence services and alleged that Mifsud was a CIA operative who was part of a broader campaign to damage Trump.

Mueller continued on to recommend that Manafort be sentenced for the crimes that he admitted to in the plea deal. 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, 69, was thought to be a star witness in the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, given his knowledge of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign. 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.

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