Ex-Trump campaign chair lied, broke plea agreement: Mueller

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a complaint Monday alleging that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort breached his plea deal by lying during his interviews with prosecutors.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, said in the filing that Mr Manafort lied to investigators in a series of interviews after signing a plea agreement.

In August he was convicted on eight counts of fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose bank accounts.

In the plea deal, Manafort plead guilty to conspiracy against the USA and obstruction of justice, related to allegations of witness tampering.

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Prosecutors did not provide details of the alleged lies but said they would do so prior to sentencing.

Under the plea deal, he faces as many as 10 years in prison in the Washington case.

Before the plea, Manafort's defenders had long insisted that he would not cooperate with Mueller and that he does not have information that would incriminate the president.

"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement", the document states.

Both the special counsel and Manafort's attorneys agreed there was no reason to delay his sentencing and asked the court to set a date for that. He pleaded guilty a month later in Washington and began meeting with USA investigators while he was locked up in jail.

But the development will also raise speculation that Manafort may be seeking to curry favor with Trump or protecting other associates who worked on the campaign.

It also means that Mueller's team is losing a cooperating witness from the top of Donald Trump's presidential campaign who was present for several key episodes under investigation.

"It seems to me he's angling for the pardon", he said.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. He had been in the room for the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who touted they had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton; he had allegedly offered private briefings on the campaign to a Russian oligarch to whom he was indebted, according to The Washington Post; and he had overseen the Trump campaign in the months when Russian military intelligence allegedly hacked Democratic Party officials. 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.

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