Special Counsel Claims Manafort Violated Plea Deal

Ex-Trump campaign chairman denies claim, as both sides seek immediate sentencing

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pictured leaving a 2017 court hearing, denies the special counsel’s claim that he violated his plea deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pictured leaving a 2017 court hearing, denies the special counsel’s claim that he violated his plea deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted November 26, 2018 at 7:59pm

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said in a court filing Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea deal by lying to members of his office and the FBI. 

The plea agreement Manafort entered in September required him to “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” cooperate with the government, Mueller said in a joint status report with Manafort’s lawyers filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“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,” Mueller said. “The government will file a detailed
sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein.”

Manafort’s lawyers said their client “believes he has provided
truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.”

Attorneys for both sides said they see no reason to delay Manafort’s sentencing given the government’s decision that the plea deal was violated and requested the court set a date for that and a schedule for any pre-sentencing submissions and motions.

In August, Manafort, a key player in Mueller’s Russia investigation, was found guilty of eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud by a federal jury in Virginia. He then entered a plea deal the following month, agreeing to “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” with Mueller’s team and other law enforcement officials.

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