Manafort lied repeatedly, wrecking a plea deal, Mueller says
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 30, 2018,
Nov 30, 2018, 1:06
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. This has led to political pundits, journalists, TV personalities, and commentators on both sides of the aisle to question just how "Frickin' stupid' Paul Manafort really is".
Manafort said in the same filing he disagreed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's assertion that he lied to investigators.
In the plea deal, Manafort plead guilty to conspiracy against the USA and obstruction of justice, related to allegations of witness tampering.
Justice Department veterans are flummoxed that lawyers representing Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, are still in touch with Trump's lawyers following Manafort's guilty plea.
As part of his plea deal, Manafort admitted to committing a host of money laundering and foreign lobbying crimes and fraud, giving the federal prosecutors ample leverage over him. They've asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson to order a sentencing - presentencing investigation report.
The torpedoing of Manafort's plea deal could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence and potentially more criminal charges. The white house has continued to highlight the fact that the indictment has nothing to do with Trump himself.
Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Russian Federation probe, said Mueller's team had crossed an ethical line between a search for the truth and exerting too much pressure on Manafort.
He cut that deal to head off a second trial after being convicted last summer of eight felony counts related to millions of dollars he hid from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in offshore accounts.
So Manafort has a lot more headaches now, but then again, so does Mueller.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russian Federation probe in breach of his plea agreement.
The D.C. court filing brings to a head weeks of speculation that Manafort's cooperation with the special counsel could be breaking down. The agreement noted that, when it came time for sentencing, Mueller would let the court know how much Manafort did or did not cooperate.
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. So I guess one question is could the special counsel have lost an important witness potentially here in the whole Russian Federation investigation?
For months, the special counsel has been scrutinizing Stone's activities to determine whether he coordinated with WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, in the release of hacked Democratic emails during the campaign.
Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Russian Federation investigation, told Reuters in October that he had periodically spoken with Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, and that he believed Manafort had not provided any information to prosecutors that was damaging to the president.