Donald Trump: Robert Mueller Has 'Gone Rogue'

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller Has 'Gone Rogue'

Kerry Wise
November 28, 2018

"Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie", Trump wrote on his Twitter account.

Special counsel Robert Mueller says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators in the Russian Federation probe. It indicates that not only did Manafort speak extensively with the Justice Department prosecutors for their investigation, but they also believe they were able to verify or refute information he gave them.

"I view this as bad news for Mueller, as well as Manafort, since it means Mueller can not use Manafort to testify against anyone else", said Seth Taube, a former federal prosecutor. But the announcement raised the possibility that President Donald Trump could again see Manafort as an ally and antagonist of Mueller, and consider pardoning him.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, pointed out the "highly unusual" nature of such a claim. With the end of the midterm elections, speculation mounted that Manafort might deliver information that could lead to charges against others in Trump's circle.

"After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement", prosecutors wrote.

Manafort, who is being held behind bars, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8, 2019.

He already faces up to five years in prison on the charges in his plea agreement.

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Manafort, though he has not made public statements since then, was thought to be the star cooperator in the special counsel's ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

He faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison.

Manafort denied doing so intentionally, but both sides agreed in a court filing that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District should set sentencing immediately.

Manafort was convicted of multiple counts of fraud in August.

"Courts are different than the Mueller team's mandate for secrecy", Cevallos told "Morning Joe."Anything that's filed in court, unless it's filed under seal, and there's a presumption against filing things under seal in federal court, will be publicly available". With a circumstance like this, only one side of the deal gets torn up - and that's the prosecutors' promises of mercy, they said in the filing Monday.

Trump's lawyers have also previously said that Manafort's legal team was keeping them informed of the former Trump campaign chairman's actions.

Mueller's condemnation of Manafort stands in stark contrast to his filing this month about Manafort's former right-hand man, Rick Gates.