Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort violated the terms of his September plea agreement when he repeatedly lied to the FBI and to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to a new three-page filing Monday by Mueller’s office, reports The New York Times.
“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,” said a joint status report filed late Monday.
Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in August. Weeks later, he agreed to cooperate with Mueller in September in order to avert a second federal trial in Washington.
As the Times notes, at a minimum, “prosecutors will not ask for a lighter punishment in return for his cooperation. They could also conceivably seek to refile bank fraud charges that they agreed to dismiss as part of the plea agreement.”
Prosecutors did not detail what Manafort lied about, but said they intend to file a sentencing memo that sets forth “the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies.”