Trump accuses Mueller of 'ruining lives'

April FrancisNov 30, 2018

Prosecutors for the special counsel said they plan to detail "the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies" in a separate filing ahead of the sentencing. Manafort denied the accusations in the same document.

The filing says Manafort does not agree with prosecutors' assertion that he has lied. Mueller's office said it would provide further information in a later court filing.

In August, Manafort was found guilty in Alexandria, Va., on five tax fraud charges, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. A breach of the agreement relieves the government of its obligations but leaves Manafort's guilty plea intact, according to the prosecutors.

In the same filing, they said that Manafort "believes he has provided truthful information". The cases that Mueller's team brought against Manafort largely focused on his Ukrainian political consulting work, his USA lobbying over the last decade and the financial management of his business proceeds.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering on September 14, nearly a year after he was first charged and following his conviction by a jury in a separate but related case on eight tax and banking crimes.

But things between the special counsel and Manafort have reportedly been rocky for a while. Earlier this month, there were mounting tensions between Mueller and Manafort over Manafort' s apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

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. Mueller had delayed to see how well Manafort cooperated.

The agreement pertains to one of two cases against Manafort.

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The Russian probe by special counsel Robert Mueller has taken another turn, coming to a familiar place, where a number of former aides to President Donald Trump have lied to the investigators.

"It seems to me he's angling for the pardon", said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami.

That was his question to the outlet's legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, a former federal prosecutor who was stunned by claims of Manafort fibbing.

But immediately after that, Papadopoulos declared he had been entrapped by USA and foreign intelligence services and alleged that Mifsud was a CIA operative who was part of a broader campaign to damage Trump.

The terms of the deal called for Manafort to cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly" with the investigation into Russian election interference and whether any Americans assisted in the Kremlin's attack on the 2016 presidential election.

Mariotti wrote that Manafort may now be in a more precarious position than he would have been if he didn't cooperate in the first place. They are now asking a federal judge to set a date to sentence him.

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.

"When sentencing a defendant, judges have very broad discretion to consider almost everything", Mariotti wrote.

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