Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has violated his plea agreement by lying to the FBI and special counsel investigators after pleading guilty to federal charges, according to a court filing.
The special counsel's office alleged Monday in a court filing that Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to investigators, and Mueller will present his evidence to a judge in a public hearing.
Nonetheless, both sides are calling for an immediate sentencing before a D.C. judge. He also disagreed that he breached his plea agreement.
Manafort had been talking with Mueller's team since he pleaded guilty in September.
"Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie", Trump said. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they've got nothing but ruined lives.
After an allegedly drunken Papadopoulos related the conversation to an Australian diplomat who passed the information on through intelligence channels, the FBI opened an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
President Trump has distanced himself from Manafort, playing down Manafort's role in the campaign. Earlier this month, there were mounting tensions between Mueller and Manafort over Manafort's apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl at Tuesday's briefing whether the president is considering having his acting attorney general fire Mueller given his tweet earlier in the day accusing Mueller of "ruining people's lives", Sanders said the president now has "no intent" of doing so.
"I have never been contacted by anyone connected to WikiLeaks, either directly or indirectly", Manafort said in a statement.
In the plea agreement announced in September, Manafort agreed to provide Mueller with information about those events.
Instead, in the same filing they said to believe that Manafort "has provided truthful information", and had met repeatedly with the special counsel's office. This time the former campaign chairman of Trump, Paul Manafort has been found in the same phase. The former campaign chief pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts after a jury convicted him of bank and tax fraud.
The lying claims against Manafort have reinforced the belief Mueller is drawing closer to concluding the main part of his investigation, with the White House in his sights. It indicates that not only did Manafort speak extensively with the Justice Department prosecutors for their investigation, but they also believe they were able to verify or refute information he gave them.
The dispute between the two sides reportedly stemmed from suspicions that Manafort was not being entirely forthcoming about all the information he may know that's relevant to the Russian Federation investigation.
But with prosecutors saying he breached the agreement, Manafort now faces serious repercussions such as the possibility of prosecution on additional charges including the 10 felony counts prosecutors dropped when he made the deal. In fact, it was so obvious that Judge T.S. Ellis threatened to throw out all charges against Manafort back in May over the special counsel's role in prosecuting these specific charges.