Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team wrote in a heavily-redacted Friday court filing that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by making false statements to federal investigators, including about his contact with Trump administration officials as well as information pertinent to an undisclosed Justice Department investigation.
“The defendant breached his plea agreement in numerous ways by lying to the FBI and Special Counsel’s Office,” the filing said.
Mueller’s team accuses Manafort of lying about five issues: his interactions with Russian-Ukrainian political consultant Konstantin Kilimnik, Kilimnik’s alleged participation in a conspiracy to obstruct justice; a wire transfer to a firm working for Manafort; information “pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation” and Manafort’s contact with administration officials.
Manafort’s defense team, which has rejected prosecutors’ claims that he violated the terms of the plea agreement, will have two weeks to respond to Mueller’s Friday filing.
Manafort, in September, pleaded guilty in federal court as part of a plea agreement that involves cooperation with Mueller and allows him to avoid a second trial. He had been facing seven counts of foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering in federal court in Washington.
In August, Manafort was convicted on several bank and fraud charges in a separate Virginia federal case in August overseen by Judge T.S. Ellis III. A sentencing date of Feb. 8 has been set in that case.
The Mueller filing included numerous redactions because it includes “factual material that relates to pending investigations or uncharged individuals,” prosecutors said.
The filing accuses Manafort of telling “multiple discernible” lies that “were not instances of mere memory lapses.”
“If the defendant contends the government has not acted in good faith, the government is available to prove the false statements at a hearing,” the prosecutors said.
The Manafort filing came as federal prosecutors on Friday also recommended a “substantial term of imprisonment” for President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying his efforts to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller were “overstated.”
Fox News’ Bill Mears, Jake Gibson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.