The former Trump campaign chair agreed to cooperate — but the special counsel says he continued to lie.
Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a document late Friday explaining why he believes former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has lied to investigators in recent months.
After being convicted of financial crimes at a Virginia trial in August, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller to avoid a second trial on separate charges in September — and, as part of that deal, committed to cooperate with the government.
But the deal fell apart because, Mueller claims, Manafort lied to them. A lot.
“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 team wrote in a filing last week. (Manafort’s lawyers disputed this assertion and wrote that Manafort “believes he has provided truthful information.”)
This new filing, some of which is redacted, explains in more detail why Mueller’s team came to that conclusion.
You can read the filing below, or at this link: