A federal judge on Wednesday found that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, “intentionally” lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in response to some, but not all, of their inquiries — a ruling that voids his plea deal and exposes Manafort, at a minimum, to a harsher sentence. Manafort has denied intentionally misleading Mueller’s team during the approximately 50 hours of interviews with investigators that he participated in following his plea deal, and said he is under stress and physically ill.
Roger Stone, a longtime aide and confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday by the FBI after being indicted for allegations he lied to and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Stone indictment marks Mueller’s biggest move yet against a Trump associate on grounds that the person allegedly worked with Russian operatives to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
A US judge delayed the sentencing of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday. The judge criticized Flynn for lying to FBI during the Russian election probe telling him ‘you sold your country out.’ Flynn’s lawyers requested a delay in sentencing which the judge granted until March 13, 2019.
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation. Cohen told the court he felt responsible to cover up Trump’s ‘dirty deeds.’ Cohen admitted he lied to Congress, committed campaign finance violations, and engaged in tax evasion. Cohen’s prison term begins in March.
Special counsel Robert Mueller suggested that President Trump’s former national security adviser should not get any jail time because he has provided ‘substantial assistance’ and ‘first-hand details’ to the Russia investigation. Mueller gave further details about Flynn’s extensive cover-up of his ties to the Turkish government. Flynn’s sentencing is set for December 18th.
President Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to lying about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Cohen said he lied ‘out of loyalty’ to Trump. Cohen’s statement about the Moscow project directly contradicts Trump’s account. Cohen’s statement was part of a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
US prosecutors say Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, has breached a plea bargain agreement by repeatedly lying to the FBI. Manafort was convicted of financial fraud in August relating to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. Manafort’s lawyers insist that he did not breach the plea deal – however, both sides now agree that there is no reason to delay sentencing.
Following the conviction of President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his implication that Trump paid ‘hush money’ to two women, Trump said Cohen made up ‘stories to get a ‘deal’ from federal prosecutors.’ Cohen is reportedly ‘more than happy’ to aid the Russian probe as Trump faces mounting pressure with the progressing investigation.
President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes on Tuesday, a victory for special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort’s trial was the first in the Russian election meddling probe. The jury failed to reach a verdict on 10 other charges and the judge declared a mistrial on those.
President Trump said on Monday he fears statements he makes under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him as part of the Russian electoral interference investigation. Trump previously said ‘there is no collusion.’ Trump asserted that he could intervene in the investigation but has chosen not to.