Mueller, Manafort at Odds Over Alleged Breach of Plea Deal

Nov 28, 2018, 01:04
Mueller, Manafort at Odds Over Alleged Breach of Plea Deal

The former Trump campaign chairman is a significant figure of interest in Mueller's inquiry, which is examining Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow, and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice after he learned of the investigation's existence past year.

Sending out a second tweet, Trump continued that "The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite. He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other", Trump wrote. "Heroes will come of this, and it won't be Mueller and his. bad Gang of Angry Democrats".

Mueller's team of prosecutors in court filings on Monday said Manafort breached an agreement he had to cooperate with the investigation and now faces a stiffer sentence.

He also said that Manafort's plea agreement is "very, very complicated" because Mueller's team had Manafort plead guilty to state crimes in New Jersey, New York and California, in addition to federal crimes.

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Trump has consistently called the Mueller probe a "witch hunt" and strongly denies any collusion with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump says that when the Mueller investigation ends it will become evident that people were treated "horribly" and "viciously" and that people's lives are being ruined for refusing to lie. Ellis let the case go forward, but Mueller's motives were plain. Look at their past, and look where they come from. But ABC News reported that the dispute between the two sides stemmed from suspicions that Manafort was not being entirely forthcoming about all the information he may know that's relevant to the Russian Federation investigation. Let these bad people go back to the Clinton Foundation and "Justice" Department!

Of course this is all just speculation, and perhaps Manafort has other reasons for allegedly lying to investigators.

Manafort, 69, was convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud over the summer in connection to work he completed in Ukraine as a political consultant.

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The judge in DC District Court who received the update Monday night has not yet weighed in, and a sentencing for Manafort's guilty plea has not yet been scheduled.

Both sides ask the judge to now move his case toward sentencing.

Government attorneys said Manafort committed new federal crimes "by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters".

Trump's lawyers have also previously said that Manafort's legal team was keeping them informed of the former Trump campaign chairman's actions.

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