Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in violation of his plea agreement, Manafort refutes the allegation, and elusive "Russian collusion" still nowhere in sight.
But in plea papers, Manafort agreed to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with the investigation conducted by the office of special counsel, including participating in interviews and debriefings, producing any documents in his control, testifying, and agreeing to delay sentencing until a time set by the government.
Manafort's attorneys said in the same filing submitted to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington that Manafort had met with the government on several occasions and made "an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations".
The charges stemmed from political work Manafort had done for the government of Ukraine prior to his accepting the position as campaign manager for then-candidate Donald Trump.
Deadlocked charges from the previous trial were to be dismissed if there was "successful co-operation" with the special counsel.
"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement", Manafort's lawyers wrote, asking the court to set a date for sentencing.
In September Manafort accepted the plea deal on related conspiracy charges in return for an agreement to co-operate with Mr Mueller's investigation.
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In the plea deal, Manafort plead guilty to conspiracy against the US and obstruction of justice, related to allegations of witness tampering. He had been in the room for the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who touted they had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton; he had allegedly offered private briefings on the campaign to a Russian oligarch to whom he was indebted, according to The Washington Post; and he had overseen the Trump campaign in the months when Russian military intelligence allegedly hacked Democratic Party officials.
It did not give details of what Manafort allegedly lied about.
As part of the plea deal, Manafort agreed to provide information on a "broad" array of topics in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence in his August conviction in Virginia on bank and tax fraud. With a circumstance like this, only one side of the deal gets torn up - and that's the prosecutors' promises of mercy, they said in the filing Monday. He'll be sentenced in February in his criminal case in Virginia, which he took to trial and lost.
They ask "in light of recent developments" the court 'schedule sentencing in this matter'.