Nov 26, 2018

Mueller investigation says Paul Manafort violated plea deal

Former Trump Campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Former Trump Campaign manager Paul Manafort. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team said in a court filing late Monday that President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort had violated a plea agreement by lying repeatedly to federal investigators and Mueller's office.

Why it matters: This means that Manafort could face more than a decade in prison after he pleaded guilty in September on charges of financial fraud, attempting to obstruct justice and breaching foreign lobbying laws.

Details: The team did not elaborate what exactly Manafort allegedly lied about. But the filing said a detailed submission will be filed “in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein.”

Defense lawyers disputed the government’s claim, saying that their client “has provided truthful information“ and tried to “live up to his cooperation obligations.” They asked the judge to set a sentencing date.

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