On Monday, the special counsel’s office said in a court filing that President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort breached the plea deal by repeatedly lying to the federal investigations two months into signing the guilty plea agreement.
Robert S. Mueller III, prosecutor working for the special counsel, said that Paul Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” relieve them of all promises they made to him in the plea agreement. This act has now made it impossible for Mr. Manafort to withdraw his guilty plea because of the content and terms of the agreement.
However, Manafort’s defense attorney has denied that there was a violation of the part of Manafort, stating that his client has provided truthful information every time he has met with the special counsel.
Given the present deadlock between the parties, the United States District Court Judge has been asked to set a date for the sentencing of the accused, who has been in confinement. The signing of the plea deal in September gave the special counsel a rare access to information that could be of great use during the investigation. The Monday filing which was a completely rare sight, showed that the counsels have some doubt in the amount of information Paul Manafort has revealed, thinking that there must be more than he has given.
There have been suggestions that the prosecutors are not considering Manafort as a probable witness in the ongoing case. The reason is not far-fetched. Since he has repeatedly lied, he could hardly ever be called to testify during this case.
His sentencing could see him bag up to a ten-year prison term for the ten felony counts, which includes conspiracy to obstruct justice and financial fraud. He had hopes of getting a lighter sentence by cooperating with the prosecutors. He, according to the prosecutors, does not deserve a lighter punishment, instead they could also file other charges against him.
It is not clear what Manafort has lied about as the prosecutors did not mention any specifics. He was previously convicted of an eight counts of financial fraud in August, originating from his work as a political consultant in European country of Ukraine.
Amidst all of this, Manafort’s allies wish that the process is completed soon, so that he could be transferred to a federal prison which, according to them, is better than the local prison where he was confined. This came after he was spotted recently coming into the courtroom on a wheelchair and with his feet wrapped in bandage.
Apart from Paul Manafort, three others who were Trump’s former campaign officials had also pleaded guilty for misleading the prosecution process, one of whom reported to the prison to start his 14-day sentence.