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May 25, 2019

Paul Manafort could face additional charges after breaching plea deal as sentencing set for March

November 30, 2018
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, could face additional charges for breaching plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

President Trump’s felon of a former campaign chairman could face even more criminal charges.

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday they are still considering filing new charges against Paul Manafort after his plea deal fell apart over allegations of lying to investigators.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered prosecutors to disclose more details about the false-statements allegations by next Friday. And she set a tentative sentencing date for March 5 in the case.

Earlier this week, prosecutors charged in court documents that Manafort broke the terms of the cooperation agreement he signed in September.

Manafort was convicted on a slew of tax and bank fraud charges in August. He accepted a plea deal a month later as he was facing a second trial on charges including conspiracy to launder money, witness tampering, lying to the Justice Department and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Both trials dealt with work he did for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

Mueller’s investigation into the longtime Trump associate stemmed from the larger federal probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between the President’s campaign and the Kremlin.

Manafort, 69, has remained behind bars since his bail was revoked in June after Mueller charged he had attempted to tamper with witnesses in the probe.

The development comes a day after prosecutors obtained a guilty plea from Trump’s erstwhile fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted to lying to Congress about a scuttled Moscow Trump Tower project.

Trump, who continues to rail against the Mueller probe work, calling it a “witch hunt,” has remained vague about whether he is considering a pardon for Manafort.

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