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WASHINGTON – Paul Manafort, a former president of President Trump's campaign, repeatedly lied to federal investigators in violation of a plea agreement he signed two months ago, the special attorney's office said in a court filing on Monday night.
The "crimes and lies" of Mr. Manafort during a series of interviews with prosecutors working for special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and F.B.I. Relieve them of all the promises they made in the plea agreement reached in mid-September, the researchers wrote in the presentation.
The defense lawyers did not agree. Mr. Manafort has been sincere with the special attorney's office and has complied with the agreement, they argued in the same state report to Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Given the deadlock between the two parties, Mr. Manafort asked that Judge Jackson set a date for the sentence.
The dramatic development at hour 11 of Mr. Manafort's case means, at a minimum, that prosecutors will not ask for a lighter punishment in exchange for their cooperation. They could also possibly try to re-file bank fraud charges that they agreed to dismiss as part of the plea agreement.
Prosecutors did not describe Mr. Manafort's lie and promised to present a sentence that states "the nature of the crimes and the lies of the accused."
A jury in northern Virginia sentenced to Mr. Manafort, 69, for eight charges of financial fraud in August arising from his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. Facing a second trial in the District of Columbia on related charges in September, he pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and an open deal requiring him to answer questions "fully, sincerely, fully and directly" about "all matters. " Of interest to the government.
Without a motion by prosecutors seeking leniency, Mr. Manafort is expected to face a prison sentence of at least 10 years for his crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the case of Northern Virginia on February 8.