Paul Manafort: New accusations jeopardize plea agreement

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

Buzzfeed News adds: "Prosecutors said they were done working with Manafort, and asked the judge to set a date for sentencing". He faces multiple years in prison. One line of inquiry is potential collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and the Russian government.

MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how special counsel Robert Mueller will use Paul Manafort's alleged lies to sneak past President Donald Trump's claims of executive privilege.

"It's bad for the overall Mueller investigation", said Patrick Cotter, a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago and former assistant USA attorney in NY.

The filing says Manafort does not agree with prosecutors' assertion that he has lied. The cases that Mueller's team brought against Manafort largely focused on his Ukrainian political consulting work, his USA lobbying over the last decade and the financial management of his business proceeds.

Manafort attended a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a group of Russians offering "dirt" on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost in an upset to Trump in the vote that November. "Paul Manafort will take every opportunity to dispute that and have his lawyers produce evidence that he did not lie and that he was showing his recollection to the best of his ability". He also admitted that he tried to tamper with witnesses.

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"After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement", prosecutors wrote in the court filing. With a circumstance like this, only one side of the deal gets torn up - and that's the prosecutors' promises of mercy, they said in the filing Monday.

"Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations".

"Heroes will come of this, and it won't be Mueller and his awful Gang of Angry Democrats".

Instead, after at least a dozen sessions with him, federal prosecutors have not only decided Mr. Manafort does not deserve leniency, but also could seek to refile other charges that they had agreed to dismiss as part of the plea deal'.

Manafort was likely facing about 10 years in prison - a statistical life sentence given his age - for the eight guilty counts in the Virginia case alone, sentencing experts have said. 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.