Trump Rips Robert Mueller As 'Prosecutor Gone Rogue' After Paul Manafort Complaint

28 November, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

They said he "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".

"The government will file a detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein", they added.

Manafort's attorneys disputed the special counsel's characterization. A person close to Manafort said he had a problem with his diet in the detention center in Alexandria, Va. The special counsel team's court filing provided no details about the prevarication.

US President Donald Trump intensified his attacks Tuesday on the special counsel probing possible collusion between Russian Federation and his 2016 electoral campaign, after prosecutors said his former campaign chairman lied to investigators.

"At some point, Manafort will be sentenced, and at that point there will be a prolonged hearing where there will be witnesses called and information revealed and we will learn that information", Cevallos said. Mueller's office said it will provide further information in a later filing, according to CNN.

Manafort pleaded guilty to two of those charges on September 14 to avoid trial, and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The special counsel has done a lot of work for nothing - or at best, nothing the DoJ couldn't have accomplished on its own regarding Manafort and his ex-partner Rick Gates. Earlier this month, ABC News reported that talks between the two sides had broken down. " Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue".

The president claims the Russian Federation investigation, which has notched up a number of indictments and guilty pleas, including of some of those closest to him, is politically motivated.

But the development also raised speculation that Manafort may be seeking to curry favor with Trump or protecting other associates who worked on the campaign.

That was his question to the outlet's legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, a former federal prosecutor who was stunned by claims of Manafort fibbing.

"Typically flippers are completely on the government's team", he wrote. The server is not missing or hidden, as Trump implies.


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

Now, however, Manafort's useless as a witness to Mueller.

Mariotti wrote that Manafort may now be in a more precarious position than he would have been if he didn't cooperate in the first place.

The torpedoing of Manafort's plea deal could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence and potentially more criminal charges.

Of course this is all just speculation, and perhaps Manafort has other reasons for allegedly lying to investigators.

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

The judge in DC District Court who received the update Monday night has not yet weighed in, and a sentencing for Manafort's guilty plea has not yet been scheduled. "It undercuts Manafort's acceptance of responsibility and demonstrates his lack of respect for the law".

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"I view this as bad news for Mueller, as well as Manafort, since it means Mueller can not use Manafort to testify against anyone else", said Seth Taube, a former federal prosecutor.

Monday's filing sends an important message to that effect, Cramer said: "Tell the truth or go to trial".

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