Russia inquiry: Mueller says Paul Manafort lied to FBI

Nov 27, 2018, 5:01 AM EST
Special Counsel has accused Paul Manafort of breaching a plea bargain agreement.
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U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing on Monday that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort repeatedly lied to the FBI during a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, breaching a plea deal he had signed after conviction in a financial fraud case.

The development comes as a setback for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now short of a key witness over alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections, writes the BBC.

Manafort, who raked in millions of dollars lobbying for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine before joining the Trump campaign, insists that he shared truthful information with the FBI and the Special Counsel’s office, reports Reuters.

Now that the plea bargain has fallen apart, Manafort faces harsher sentence over his financial fraud but experts view his decision to shield associates or the Trump campaign as an attempt to extract favor in the form of presidential pardon.