Paul Manafort breached plea deal by lying - Special Counsel Mueller

Mueller accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

There are so many takeaways from special counsel Robert Mueller's allegation that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has lied time and again to FBI investigators, even after Manafort reached a plea agreement that clearly stipulated what cooperation would entail.

Manafort states as part of the filing that he does not agree with prosecutor's description.

CNN's Don Lemon hosted a panel discussion to explain the latest unraveling into Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 Russian Federation probe.

Manafort was convicted on 8 counts in September in the Eastern District of Virginia for failure to register as a foreign agent in light of his political connection to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, alongside charges of tax-evasion, conspiracy and lying to federal agents.

The surprise development came at a critical time for Mueller, who is expected to finalize a report in the coming months on the findings of his 18-month probe into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Prosecutors said they will file a report that "sets forth the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies".

"A breach relieves the government of any obligations it has under the agreement, including its agreement to a reduction in the Sentencing Guidelines for acceptance of responsibility, but leaves intact all the obligations of the defendant as well as his guilty pleas", the filing reads.

"Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations", the lawyers wrote. They are now asking a federal judge to set a date to sentence him. Prosecutors said Gates, who also pleaded guilty, is cooperating in "several ongoing investigations".

The intervention means Mr Manafort could potentially face bank fraud charges, which were dismissed as part of the plea bargain. He pleaded guilty a month later in Washington and began meeting with USA investigators while he was locked up in jail.

Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant ran the Trump campaign. "If you do the reporting, I think what you're starting to see is a belief that he is not only cornered, but that national security is in real danger because of the way he is acting", he said. 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.

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