Trump attacks Mueller day after Manafort accused of lying

by Garry Watts November 28, 2018, 1:00
Trump attacks Mueller day after Manafort accused of lying

Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort on Monday night of violating his plea deal by lying to investigators - a move that could potentially lead to more jail time for the former Donald Trump campaign chairman.

While Cooper noted that Manafort's lawyers contend he didn't lie, Toobin said Mueller seems quite sure he did, adding, "the fact that Mueller's office blew this agreement up in this way suggests they must have a pretty good reason for thinking he's lying to them".

The news of Manafort's lack of cooperation came in the form of a court filing by federal prosecutors on Monday.

Judge Randolph Moss reminded Papadopoulos that he had already waived his right to an appeal and that two other judges had upheld the legality of the Mueller appointment.

Moments later, he continued his Twitter assault on the federal prosecutor. He was previously convicted on bank and tax fraud charges following a late summer trial in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manafort denied doing so intentionally, but both sides agreed in a court filing that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District should set sentencing immediately.

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Instead, the document laid bare the differences between two sides who have met repeatedly since Manafort entered his guilty plea on September 17 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

"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 stated. Had Manafort provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors, they could recommend a reduction in the 10-year term he faced under the deal. Manafort's legal team has disputed that charge, telling a federal judge that the embattled former Trump adviser "believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement".

Read the court filing here.

Trump is, without mentioning names, seemingly playing Manfort and others off to be victims and "heroes" for "refusing to lie", while also calling Mueller "conflicted" and saying he has "gone rogue". It also means that Mueller's team is losing a cooperating witness from the top of Donald Trump's presidential campaign who was present for several key episodes under investigation.

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