Mueller says ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

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.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he thinks the media "builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint".

Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Russian Federation probe, said Mueller's team had crossed an ethical line between a search for the truth and exerting too much pressure on Manafort.

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

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. "Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie", Trump wrote on his Twitter account.

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. He has already been found guilty on eight charges of tax and bank fraud but was cooperating with the Mueller investigation on additional charges. "Let these bad people go back to the Clinton Foundation and "Justice" Department!", Trump said in the posting.

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Cevallos said the special counsel likely had evidence to prove Manafort - or possibly even the president - lied to investigators.

Manafort, who is being held behind bars, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8, 2019.

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman of Donald Trump, violated his plea agreement by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel Robert Mueller's office "on a variety of subject matters", according to a court filing.

Monday's court filing did not go into detail about what exactly Manafort allegedly lied about, and the special counsel said it would submit a more detailed sentencing submission that "sets forth the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement" at a later date. Had Manafort provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors, they could recommend a reduction in the 10-year term he faced under the deal. He'll be sentenced in February in his criminal case in Virginia, which he took to trial and lost.

Earlier Monday, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos reported to a prison in Wisconsin to serve a 14-day sentence for lying to investigators.

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