Special Counsel Accuses Manafort of Breaking Plea Deal, Calls for Sentencing

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

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 United States election and alleged coordination with the Trump campaign.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he thinks the media "builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint". "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 awful Gang of Angry Democrats".

"I view this as bad news for Mueller, as well as Manafort, since it means Mueller can not use Manafort to testify against anyone else", said Seth Taube, a former federal prosecutor.

A source with direct knowledge of the matter told INSIDER at the time that Manafort's plea deal with Mueller was still intact.

Mueller also noted that the guilty pleas stand as a result, while an agreement by prosecutors to a reduced sentence based on cooperation was no longer required. Look at their past, and look where they come from.

Manafort denies that he lied, and his attorneys say he believes he "provided truthful information".

"The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they've got nothing but ruined lives", he wrote.

"Let these bad people go back to the Clinton Foundation and "Justice" Department", he fumed.

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

The rupture in relations may have dire consequences for Manafort, 69, who sought to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison by pleading guilty to two conspiracy counts after a jury convicted him of bank and tax fraud.

He faced a second trial over charges of conspiracy against the U.S.by acting as the unregistered agent of a foreign government, namely the Kremlin-allied regime of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort lied "on a variety of subject matters", violating his plea agreement, prosecutors allege in the three-page filing signed by both the defense team and the prosecution.

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. Had Manafort provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors, they could recommend a reduction in the 10-year term he faced under the deal.

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.

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