White House may address Manafort’s alleged breach of plea deal

Breaking Court filing details stunning development in Mueller investigation

Breaking Court filing details stunning development in Mueller investigation

Manafort started cooperating in September after pleading guilty in a federal court in Washington to conspiracy against the United States - a charge that included a range of conduct from money laundering to unregistered lobbying. Earlier this month, ABC News reported that talks between the two sides had broken down. Ellis let the case go forward, but Mueller's motives were plain.

Trump's tweet this morning seems to try to shift blame away from Manafort and toward Robert Mueller, which could intentionally be a means of setting his base up for a future pardon.

He said the question now is if there is going to be a trial over what Manafort allegedly lied about, and if so, what information will be revealed in that trial.

Trump is, without mentioning names, seemingly playing Manfort and others off to be victims and "heroes" for "refusing to lie", while also calling Mueller "conflicted" and saying he has "gone rogue".

Prosecutors don't lightly accuse people of breaching a cooperation agreement, said Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor. Why and who is the longtime political operative?

Though prosecutors can vacate Manafort's plea agreement, they may not want to do that yet because it would result in another lengthy trial.

Manafort made a deal with federal authorities in September, a day before jury selection was scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges that spanned dozens of alleged crimes and more than a decade, through his time as an worldwide lobbyist and his unpaid work on the Trump campaign in 2016. With the end of the midterm elections, speculation mounted that Manafort might deliver information that could lead to charges against others in Trump's circle.

"When sentencing a defendant, judges have very broad discretion to consider almost everything", Mariotti wrote.

Manafort, who is being held behind bars, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8, 2019. "It undercuts Manafort's acceptance of responsibility and demonstrates his lack of respect for the law".

The filing says Manafort does not agree with prosecutors' assertion that he has lied.

The former Trump campaign chairman is a significant figure of interest in Mueller's inquiry, which is examining Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow, and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice after he learned of the investigation's existence a year ago.

"[Mueller's team will say], 'Here's what he told us, here's what we have to contradict him, here's why what we have to contradict him is the truth, here's what he said is a lie, '" Napolitano said.

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