Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a document late Friday explaining why he believes former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has lied to investigators in recent months.
After being convicted of financial crimes at a Virginia trial in August, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller to avoid a second trial on separate charges in September — and, as part of that deal, committed to cooperate with the government.
But the deal fell apart because, Mueller claims, Manafort lied to them. A lot. This new filing, some of which is redacted, explains in more detail why Mueller’s team came to that conclusion.
The Washington Post reports:
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III told a judge Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, told “multiple discernible lies” during interviews with prosecutors, including about his contacts with an employee who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence.
The allegations came in a new court filing by the special counsel that pointed to some the questions prosecutors have been asking a key witness in their closely-held investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Mueller’s prosecutors filed a portion of the document under seal and redacted other key points from view.
But they said that Manafort had told numerous lies in five different areas, including about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian employee of Manafort’s political consulting firm who prosecutors have said has Russian intelligence ties. Manafort met twice during the campaign with Kilimnik.
What Mueller says Manafort lied about:
1+2. Kilimnik. (see prev. tweet)
3. A wire-transfer
4. “Information pertinent to another DOJ investigation”<—–
5. “Manafort’s contact with Administration officials” <—-
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) December 7, 2018
Mueller, in tonight’s filing: “Manafort had been in communication with a senior administration official up through Feb 2018.” Who?
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) December 7, 2018
The Mueller memo on Manafort's lies revolve around Manafort's lies about a) contact with a suspected Russian intelligence agent and b) back channels to the Trump administration about the investigation. This is damning for the President. https://t.co/5JyhunCRXJ pic.twitter.com/w4spfVqtPe
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 7, 2018