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Manafort May No Longer Challenge Mueller’s Allegations That He Lied to Prosecutors

Paul Manafort’s mugshot

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

After insisting Paul Manafort did not lie to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of a plea deal, attorneys for the former campaign chief for Donald Trump may no longer contest allegations that Manafort provided false information.

Manafort’s attorney Richard Westling met with Mueller’s team Tuesday before saying in federal court that “the certainty of the hearing is less clear,” Huffington Post and other media outlets reported.

Mueller rescinded the plea deal with Manafort in late November, saying he violated the plea deal by lying to prosecutors.

Manafort has until Jan. 7 to decide whether to contest the allegations that he lied. 

Manafort, who was found guilty in August of eight criminal charges lodged by Mueller, is set to be sentenced on March 5.

He faces more jail time for allegedly lying to prosecutors.

Manafort Reportedly Met Secretly with Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Julian Assange on Fox News

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, met secretly with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Sources told the Guardian that Manafort met Assange in 2013, 2015 and in the spring of 2016, which is when Manafort joined the Trump campaign.

Manafort denied the meetings took place.

“I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” Manafort said in a statement. “I have never been contacted by anyone connected to WikiLeaks, either directly or indirectly. I have never reached out to Assange or WikiLeaks on any matter.”

Special counsel prosecutors are likely to be interested in the 2016 meeting because several months later Wikileaks dumped a trove of damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

What’s unclear is what the meetings involved.

Manafort, who is in solitary confinement at a prison in Virginia, could receive more time behind bars after Robert Mueller’s special counsel team said he repeatedly lied to the FBI, even after striking a deal to cooperate with prosecutors.

Manafort’s Attorney Leaked Information to Trump’s Legal Team

Ex-Trump campaign leader Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Paul Manafort’s attorney provided the president’s legal team with updates and details about interviews with federal prosecutors, even after the former Trump campaign boss pledged to cooperate with authorities.

Special prosecutors for Robert Mueller were enraged to discover the discussions were taking place, and some authorities are speculating the secret briefings were Manafort’s way of gaining a presidential pardon, the New York Times reports

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed the discussions with the Times.

Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, told Giuliani that Manafort was questioned in-depth about the Trump Tower meeting in which a Russian lawyer secretly gathered with Manafort, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Manafort also was asked whether the president was aware of the meeting.

“He wants Manafort to incriminate Trump,” Giuliani said.

On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that “at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief.”

“This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!”

As is usual with Trump’s Twitter tirades, Trump provided no names or any more detail to back up his claims.

Special Counsel: Manafort Repeatedly Lied to FBI in Violation of Plea Agreement

Paul Manafort

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, repeatedly lied to the FBI in violation of a plea agreement he reached with special counsel prosecutors about two months ago, according to a court filing late Monday.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel team wrote that Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” is a breach of his agreement, the New York Times reports.  

Since he violated the agreement, the prosecutors said, Manafort does not deserve leniency when he is sentenced.

It’s unclear what prosecutors believe Manafort lied about, but his lawyers have an opportunity to challenge the prosecutors’ allegations.

Manafort’s lawyers maintain he did what he was asked and that he “believes he has provided truthful information,”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to soon announce a sentencing date for Manafort, who has been in solitary confinement in a jail in Alexandria, Va.

Mueller’s Team Questioning Manafort, Others about Longtime Trump Supporter Roger Stone

Roger Stone

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been questioning former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and others about Roger Stone.

Stone, who also worked on Trump’s campaign and previously was a partner at Manafort’s lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, has been the subject of Mueller’s investigation.

Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s probe into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.   

“I am highly confident Mr. Manafort is aware of no wrongdoing on my part during the 2016 campaign, or at any other time, and therefore there is no wrongdoing to know about,” Stone told ABC News. “Narratives to the contrary by some in the media are false and defamatory.” 

Mueller’s team wants to know whether Stone had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release Hillary Clinton’s emails, which Russian hackers had stolen. At the time, Stone publicly suggested he had been in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the emails, which were released to hurt Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election.

Nearly a dozen people close to Stone – many of whom have appeared before a federal grand jury – have been questioned by Mueller’s team.

Once-Defiant Manafort Meets with Mueller’s Team As Part of Cooperation Agreement

Ex-Trump campaign leader Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The once-defiant Paul Manafort met Monday with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team less than a month after he reached a cooperation agreement with prosecutors.

As part of a plea deal reached last month, Manafort agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort and his lawyers sat down with Mueller’s prosecutors, but neither side would comment on the substance of the meeting.

Under the plea deal, Manafort must cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly…in any and all matters as to which the government deems the cooperation relevant.”

Manafort is expected to be sentenced after the November midterm elections. 

Manafort served as the Trump campaign chairman in the 2016 presidential election.

Other Stories of Interest

Ex-FBI Chief Comey: Russia Probe Appears to Be Closing in on Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be closing in on President Trump as the probe may be nearing its end, former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Comey speculated that the cooperation and plea deal with Trump’s former campaign boss, Paul Manafort, are a good indication that the president is in Mueller’s crosshairs.

“I think there’s an argument to be made that the conviction — the plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort — may represent that we’re in the fourth quarter,” Comey said. “The way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high.”
At this point, it’s just speculation based on how investigation typically work, Comey added.

Update: Ex-Trump Campaign Chief Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate

Paul Manafort

Update: 4:02 p.m. Friday —  In a move that could certainly spell more trouble for President Donald Trump, former campaign chief Paul Manafort pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the Robert Mueller probe.

Manfort pleaded guilty to two charges — conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice.

“I plead guilty,” Manafort told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson at a hearing Friday morning hearing in federal court in the District, according to the Washington Post.

Manafort admitted committing years of financial crimes to hide his money from the IRS and promised to tell the government about “his participation in and knowledge of all criminal activities.”


From Friday Morning

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a tentative plea deal ahead of his second trial, sources familiar with the negotiations told ABC News

Details of the plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to be revealed in court today.

If approved, the tentative deal will head off Manafort’s second trial after a jury found him guilty of eight criminal counts in his first trial last month.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Manafort reached the deal in exchange for cooperation or just to avoid the stress and costs of another trial.

The second trial primarily involves work he did for pro-Russia politicians in the Ukraine and accusations of money laundering.

Check back for updates.