White House may address Manafort’s alleged breach of plea deal

White House may address Manafort’s alleged breach of plea deal

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman who was convicted of several felonies and cut a deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial, has violated his plea agreement by lying to investigators, according to the special counsel's office.

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman of Donald Trump, violated his plea agreement by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel Robert Mueller's office "on a variety of subject matters", according to a court filing.

The developments in the Manafort case could mean some of the charges against him that were dropped could be reinstated, while prosecutors are no longer likely to ask for a lighter sentence.

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. "Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie. This has absolutely nothing to do - this is a witch hunt, and it's a disgrace", Trump told reporters in August.

On Monday evening, the new filing made clear that whatever talks were taking place between the two sides were over.

With the end of the midterm elections, speculation mounted that Manafort might deliver information that could lead to charges against others in Trump's inner circle.

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Mueller on Monday accused Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators. The president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, entered into a plea deal with Mueller, while Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been providing information to Mueller's team and federal prosecutors in NY, among others, a person familiar with the matter has said.

"It seems to me he's angling for the pardon", he said.

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

A source with direct knowledge of the matter told INSIDER at the time that Manafort's plea deal with Mueller was still intact. In September and October, he met with Mueller's team at least nine times, amounting to hours of discussions. Remember. Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges in September, just a day before the jury was supposed to be selected for his trial in Washington, D.C. And as part of that process, Manafort agreed to full, voluntary and truthful cooperation with prosecutors.

The special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election said the breach meant there was now no reason to delay sentencing. With a circumstance like this, only one side of the deal gets torn up - and that's the prosecutors' promises of mercy, they said in the filing Monday. That was when he began cooperating with Mueller and his team. He also faces an additional 10 years in the Virginia case.

The President sent out a series of tweets this morning, calling Robert Mueller a "prosecutor gone rogue", and accusing him of only looking at one side of the investigation. If there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives (a hypothesis without any evidence in support thus far), Manafort would either have to have been part of it or known of it.

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