Paul Manafort Could Face New Charges According to Prosecutor
There’s a possibility Paul Manafort will face new federal charges after breaking his plea agreement by lying to investigators.
During a Friday hearing in a Washington D.C. federal court, Prosecutor Andrew Weissman didn’t rule out the possibility of Trump’s former campaign chairman being hit with new charges for allegedly breaching his plea agreement, according to NBC News.
Weissman wouldn’t discuss the nature of the alleged transgressions, but when Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked the prosecutor if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office was going to bring new charges against Manafort, Weissman simply answered: “That determination has not been made yet.”
Manafort was convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud in August, the New York Times reported. By September, he had agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe investigation after pleading guilty to “two new counts and admitted his guilt to 10 counts outstanding from the earlier trial in Virginia,” ABC News revealed.
On Monday, the former campaign chairman breached that agreement by committing “crimes and lies,” according to Mueller’s office’s new court filing.
During Friday’s federal court hearing, Manafort’s lawyers demanded the special counsel’s office turn over their findings in regards to Manafort’s alleged lies. In response, Weissman told the judge, “We obviously had lengthy conversations with the defense,” before adding, “They are aware of the gravamen of what the concerns are.”
The judge set Manafort’s sentencing date for March 5. Afterward, his attorney, Kevin Downing, said his team was “looking forward to litigating this.”