Disgraced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is bad a liar.
Prosecutors working with special counsel Robert Mueller filed papers Friday explaining last month’s sudden collapse of a cooperation agreement with the longtime GOP operative — painting him as a man with a tenuous relationship with the truth.
The document is heavily redacted in areas concerning Mueller’s ongoing probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but offers up several examples of Manafort’s fibbing.
The longtime pal of President Trump lied about contacts he had with administration officials, meetings he took with a suspected Russian intelligence agent and a $125,000 payment to a firm owned by a friend.
Manafort was also caught changing his tune after providing investigators information relevant to another investigation.
The 69-year-old, who copped a plea after being convicted on a slew of tax and bank fraud charges in August, will be sentenced March 5.
The embattled political consultant pleaded guilty in September to two felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Late last month, prosecutors revealed the jailed felon repeatedly lied to them after agreeing to cooperate.
The allegations exposed him to the possibility of additional criminal charges and a lengthier prison sentence.
Manafort’s attorneys denied their client made false statements, and a judge is expected to hear from them before deciding whether he actually lied.
Trump hammered Mueller in an early morning tweet-storm, blasting the former FBI director as biased and again labeling the federal investigation a “witch hunt” and vowing to release a “counter report.”
“We will be doing a major Counter Report to the Mueller Report. This should never again be allowed to happen to a future President of the United States!” Trump wrote.
Manafort was convicted in August of bank fraud and tax evasion rooted in work he did for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. He later pleaded guilty to separate conspiracy charges to avoid a second trial, but his plea deal fell apart when Mueller’s office accused him of lying again to prosecutors.
Several others close to Trump, including his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign deputy Rick Gates, have pleaded guilty to charges unrelated to election interference.
Earlier this week, prosecutors filed a similarly heavily-redacted sentencing memo related to Flynn’s case, calling for no jail time and noting that the former Army general has provided information related to at least two other matters under investigation by the Justice Department.
George Papadopoulos, the first person to serve prison time related to Mueller’s work, was released Friday after serving 12 days behind bars. The former Trump campaign adviser admitted to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Moscow-linked professor.