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Paul Manafort: New accusations jeopardize plea agreement

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Mueller says Manafort violated plea agreement by lying to investigators

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

President Trump lashed out at Robert Mueller in a trio of tweets on Tuesday, claiming he's a "conflicted prosecutor gone rogue" and harming the "Criminal Justice System" - a day after the special counsel dumped a plea deal for his former campaign manager Paul Manafort for lying to the feds.

Cevallos said the special counsel likely had evidence to prove Manafort - or possibly even the president - lied to investigators.

Manafort and his lawyers had been spotted meeting with investigators in the weeks after his plea deal.

Of course this is all just speculation, and perhaps Manafort has other reasons for allegedly lying to investigators.

"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.

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He is the highest-profile witness the Mueller team has charged with crimes as they proceed with the Russian Federation investigation, which was opened to uncover any evidence members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 presidential election. In a separate case, his potential sentencing under federal guidelines has not yet been calculated, but prosecutors previously said he could spend up to 10 years in jail. Except for one aspect of their bank fraud case, in which Manafort appeared to dangle access to the Trump campaign in exchange for a bank loan, the cases did not publicly describe Manafort's work as campaign chairman.

"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".

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.

For their part, Manafort's attorneys said he believes he has offered "useful information" and doesn't agree with the government assertion that he breached the plea agreement.

Prosecutors did not provide details of the alleged lies but said they would do so before sentencing.

Other high-profile members of Trump's campaign team are also due to be sentenced in December after providing information to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors said Gates, who also pleaded guilty, is cooperating in "several ongoing investigations".

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