Special Counsel Says Paul Manafort ‘Breached’ Plea Deal, Lied to FBI
Lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller told a federal judge Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had “breached the plea agreement” he reached with the government and that the judge should prepare to sentence him.
Government attorneys said Manafort committed new federal crimes “by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters.” The special counsel team’s court filing provided no details about the prevarication.
Manafort made a deal with federal authorities in September, a day before jury selection was scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges that spanned dozens of alleged crimes and more than a decade, through his time as an international lobbyist and his unpaid work on the Trump campaign in 2016. He also agreed to forfeit investment accounts and multiple properties, including a condominium in the Trump Tower in New York.