Robert Mueller is claiming in court documents that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort reneged on his plea deal and is asking the court to sentence him, the Daily Mail is reporting:
Special counsel Robert Mueller charges former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to the FBI and his team in their investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
But Manafort denies doing so, and both sides want a federal judge to sentence him immediately.
Mueller’s office, in court documents filed Monday evening, claim Manafort ‘committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters.’
‘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,’ prosecutors wrote.
They ask ‘in light of recent developments’ the court ‘schedule sentencing in this matter.’
They did not elaborate on what Manafort lied about.
They do argue this leaves Manafort exposed to the possibility of a more severe prison sentence under federal guidelines.
Manafort and his attorney are pushing back on Mueller’s claims, via Bloomberg:
Manafort denied the special counsel’s claims.
Manafort, who was convicted in August of bank and tax fraud, later pleaded guilty to other charges and also began cooperating with Mueller. He met with the government on numerous occasions and answered the government’s questions, his lawyers said in Monday’s filing.
“Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations,” the lawyers wrote. “He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.”
Both Mueller and Manafort asked the judge to proceed with sentencing of Manafort without delay.
This is a developing story and we’ll update as we know more.