INTERNATIONAL - Trump's ex-campaign chairman 'breached' plea agreement

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort LIED to FBI after guilty plea, claims Mueller

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort LIED to FBI after guilty plea, claims Mueller

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.

Both sides asked Jackson to sentence Manafort without delay. They could also conceivably seek to refile bank fraud charges that they agreed to dismiss as part of the plea agreement.

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", Trump wrote on his Twitter account.

Trump earlier downplayed reports saying his daughter's emails didn't contain classified information and haven't been deleted, but CNN reported that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy has sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly seeking additional information.

The British newspaper reported that Manafort met with Assange "around March 2016", the same month he joined the Trump campaign.

Before he worked on Trump's campaign for several months in mid-2016, at a critical juncture in the run-up to the November election, Manafort made tens of millions of dollars working for the party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted by pro-Western street protests in 2014. The accusation implies that Manafort has acted in violation of his plea agreement with the government in September which required him to "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" cooperate with the government's investigation.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a press briefing Tuesday that she is "not aware of any conversations for anyone's pardon involved" in the Mueller probe.

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

He made the plea deal to head off a second trial after being convicted last summer on eight felony counts related to millions of dollars he hid from USA tax authorities in offshore bank accounts.

A professor of law at the University of Alabama law school and former federal prosecutor, Joyce Vance said, "Everybody who lies to Robert Mueller gets called on it - so he had to know that Mueller would catch him".

The list of Manafort's alleged crimes is long; if Mueller proves he lied and violated the agreement, he could face charges for all of them.

Mueller and Manafort had come to the plea agreement in October, just before the case against the former Trump campaign chairman in D.C. was about to go to trial.

After at least a dozen sessions interrogating him, the special counsel's prosecutors have decided that Manafort does not deserve leniency. Well, now Robert Mueller is alleging that Manafort has been lying to his team, as well as to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On the other hand, the defense lawyers refused to accept that Manafort had violated the deal. In 2011, Obama gave his original 10-year term a two-year extension.

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