Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted court filings Monday evening accusing Paul Manafort of lying to the FBI and his ongoing Russia probe; claiming the former Trump campaign insider was in violation of his plea agreement.
“Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office ‘on a variety of subject matters’ since his plea deal earlier this year, thereby violating the agreement, Mueller said in a court filing submitted Monday night, while adding that Manafort claims he’s been truthful,” writes Fox News.
The 69-year-old was convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud last summer; eventually reaching an agreement to cooperate with Mueller’s Russia-Collusion investigation.
“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,” Mueller’s office said.
Mr. Manafort denies the accusations by Mueller’s team; saying he “does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
COLLUSION CHAOS: Robert Mueller DISMISSES CHARGES Against Former Trump Insider
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office moved to officially dismiss recent charges against Rick Gates Tuesday afternoon, after the former deputy chairman to President Trump’s 2016 campaign pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and tax fraud, reports the Washington Post.
Both Gates and Manafort were previously indicted with multiple counts of conspiracy to launder money, acting as unregistered agents on behalf of foreign governments, making false statements, and failure to disclose financial records.
The special counsel’s office decision to drop the charges signals Gates may be offering to cooperate with Mueller’s probe into Manafort’s finances; further suggesting the ongoing investigation into Russian “collusion” centers on the former campaign chairman’s foreign investments and financial ties.
Rick Gates joined the Trump campaign in the early months of 2016 after Manafort was hired as chairman, and worked under him as his deputy in the run-up to the US presidential election.
Paul Manafort has maintained his innocence throughout Mueller’s probe, vowing to fight the allegations in court since his initial indictment last October.
‘VIVE LE RESISTANCE’: Mueller Attorney FIRED After Sending ‘ANTI-TRUMP’ Texts
An attorney with the Department of Justice who had worked with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian-collusion probe was removed after sending biased, anti-Trump texts during the 2016 election and beyond.
According to the Daily Caller, the unidentified lawyer was the “lead attorney on the investigation into Russian election interference” beginning in May 2017 but was removed in February 2018 after his texts were made available to Mueller.
The recently released report by the DOJ’s Inspector General revealed those exchanges.
“I am numb,” wrote the lawyer the day after Trump’s election. “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently.”
“Is it making you rethink your commitment to the Trump administration?” asked another lawyer earlier that month.
“Hell no. Viva le resistance,” the future Mueller attorney responded.
Read the full report at the Daily Caller.