Trump says Mueller's 'gone rogue' after dumping Manafort plea deal

Trump says Mueller's 'gone rogue' after dumping Manafort plea deal

President Donald Trump lobbed fresh insults at special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday, a day after Mueller's office filed a complaint alleging former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort broke his plea deal with repeated lies.

While not a fatal blow, the dissolution of Manafort's plea agreement means Mueller is losing the contributions of a witness with deep ties to Russian Federation and who ran the Trump campaign as it took off in mid-2016.

Cevallos said the special counsel likely had evidence to prove Manafort - or possibly even the president - lied to investigators.

Read the court filing here.

"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", prosecutors stated. The special counsel's office says it will provide more details at a later date.

Both sides are now ready to move into the sentencing phase.

Because the plea agreement requires fulfillment of "each and every one" of the obligations that Manafort made and prohibits any criminal activity prior to sentencing, Mueller stated in the filing that Manafort has breached the agreement.

"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement", they said in the filing.

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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.

Instead, after at least a dozen sessions with him, federal prosecutors have not only decided Mr. Manafort does not deserve leniency, but also could seek to refile other charges that they had agreed to dismiss as part of the plea deal'.

The charges were connected to his work in Ukraine for a Kremlin-connected politician. He still faces a separate sentencing from a Virginia case where he was convicted of bank and tax fraud.

So Manafort has a lot more headaches now, but then again, so does Mueller.

The surprise development comes at a critical time for Mueller, who is expected to finalize a report in the coming months on the findings of his 18-month probe into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

It was not immediately clear what Manafort had lied about.

He has been held in a Virginia jail since June. Kilimnik, though also charged by Mueller, has not surfaced in the USA court system. Ellis let the case go forward, but Mueller's motives were plain. "I did not. I will not lie to save my life", Corsi said.

Instead, the document laid bare the differences between two sides who have met repeatedly since Manafort entered his guilty plea on September 17 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

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