Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump attacks Mueller day after Manafort accused of lying

Trump attacks Mueller day after Manafort accused of lying

"Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie".

"The morning after stunning news revealed Mueller has rescinded his cooperation deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, now accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the president cried that the "$30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they've got nothing but ruined lives".

The terms of the deal called for Manafort to cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly" with the investigation into Russian election interference and whether any Americans assisted in the Kremlin's attack on the 2016 presidential election.

A jury found Manafort guilty of eight of 18 counts of tax and bank fraud in a federal trial in NY on August 21.

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But with prosecutors saying he breached the agreement, Manafort now faces serious repercussions such as the possibility of prosecution on additional charges, including the 10 felony counts dropped when he made the deal. Mueller had delayed to see how well Manafort cooperated.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, pointed out the "highly unusual" nature of such a claim.

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. Except for one aspect of their bank fraud case, in which Manafort appeared to dangle access to the Trump campaign in exchange for a bank loan, the cases did not publicly describe Manafort's work as campaign chairman.

Manafort is in jail awaiting sentence, which both sides now say there is no reason to delay.

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Instead, the document laid bare the differences between two sides who have met repeatedly since Manafort entered his guilty plea on September 17 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

He already faces up to five years in prison on the charges in his plea agreement. According to a new court filing, however, the former campaign manager allegedly lied repeatedly to Mueller's investigators.

Manafort's attorneys disputed the special counsel's characterization and said their client "provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations", the filing added. "I did not. I will not lie to save my life", Corsi said.

But the development also raised speculation that Manafort may be seeking to curry favor with Trump or protecting other associates who worked on the campaign. Prosecutors said Gates, who also pleaded guilty, is cooperating in "several ongoing investigations".

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