Mueller: Paul Manafort violated plea deal by lying to feds

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

Robert Mueller's team has submitted a new court filing which claims that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to investigators "on a variety of subject matters".

Manafort denies that he lied, and his attorneys say he believes he "provided truthful information".

The filing was an astonishing break from the bare-bones updates given by the special counsel's office in other cases where cooperators continue to help Mueller pursue Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged coordination with the Trump campaign.

He was convicted in a Virginia federal court on eight counts of financial fraud.

Since September this year when he took a plea deal in return for reduced charges, Mr Manafort has been cooperating with Mr Mueller's inquiry.

ABC News reported earlier this month that tensions had been rising between Manafort and Mueller's team over Manafort's level of cooperation.

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"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", they said.

Manafort, 69, was thought to be a star witness in the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, given his knowledge of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, entered into a plea deal with Mueller, while Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been providing information to Mueller's team and federal prosecutors in NY, among others, a person familiar with the matter has said.

The intervention means Mr Manafort could potentially face bank fraud charges, which were dismissed as part of the plea bargain. That included his work on the Trump campaign as well as his Ukrainian political work, which remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

The move signals a return to the acrimonious relationship Manafort has had with the special counsel's office since his indictment previous year.

Manafort, who has remained in jail throughout this, has met with prosecutors at least nine times but Monday's filing indicates that - despite those hours with him - investigators may not have been able to garner any information they could verify.

The agreement pertains to one of two cases against Manafort. President Trump has consistently and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. The defendant agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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