Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is accusing Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, of breaching his plea deal by repeatedly lying to FBI agents and prosecutors during recent interviews.
In a court report filed late Monday, Mueller's office that said because Manafort violated the agreement, they do not have to hold up their end of the deal, and it's now possible Manafort will face a harsher prison sentence. In August, Manafort was convicted of eight counts of financial fraud, and before he could face a second trial on additional charges, he signed a plea agreement in mid-September and pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts.
As part of his plea agreement, Manafort promised to answer all questions "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly." Manafort's defense attorneys said he "believes he has provided truthful information" and attempted to "live up to his cooperation obligations." Prosecutors did not reveal what Manafort lied about, saying they will soon file a sentencing memo describing "the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies."