Prosecutors for the special counsel said they plan to detail "the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies" in a separate filing ahead of the sentencing.
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to investigators, prosecutors said Monday, as another former aide began serving a jail sentence for making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The filing was an astonishing break from the bare-bones updates given by the special counsel's office in other cases where cooperators continue to help Mueller pursue Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged coordination with the Trump campaign.
Manafort was convicted on 8 counts in September in the Eastern District of Virginia for failure to register as a foreign agent in light of his political connection to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, alongside charges of tax-evasion, conspiracy and lying to federal agents.
Manafort, who is being held behind bars, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8, 2019.
"Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations", Manafort's attorneys stated. Since before Manafort's plea, there have been persistent suggestions that Trump might pardon Manafort, something hinted at by the president's lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
"Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue...." he added.
As Paul Manafort's name winds up back in the headlines this week, DOJ veterans say there's one big question they want an answer to: why is Manafort's legal team still communicating with lawyers representing President Donald Trump in the Russian Federation investigation?
Mueller: Manafort Has Lied To Investigators Since Plea Deal
There is no official guideline that bars lawyers for two sides from communicating with one another, but such communications could severely undermine or even tank a cooperation deal entirely.
Mariotti wrote that Manafort may now be in a more precarious position than he would have been if he didn't cooperate in the first place.
Through his attorneys, Manafort denied lying, saying he "believes he provided truthful information" during a series of sessions with Mueller's investigators.
The special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the USA election said the breach meant there was now no reason to delay sentencing.
Manafort states as part of the filing that he does not agree with prosecutor's description.
Judge Randolph Moss reminded Papadopoulos that he had already waived his right to an appeal and that two other judges had upheld the legality of the Mueller appointment.
The stepped-up attacks on Mueller have come the week after Trump submitted answers to the special counsel about his knowledge of Russian interference in the presidential election. He reported to serve his 14-day sentence Monday at a prison camp in Wisconsin.
Moments later, he continued his Twitter assault on the federal prosecutor.
A British newspaper alleges that Paul Manafort secretly met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London within days or weeks of being brought aboard the Donald Trump presidential campaign.