[Ed. – Without doubting that Manafort has committed federal crimes, or questioning whether he should serve a particular amount of time, it really does look like he’s being singled out for especially brutal treatment. Very honestly, if this were a standard Justice Department prosecution, one that wasn’t desperately seeking “dirt” on the president, I doubt Manafort would be subjected to this. It has the whiff about it of Manafort’s own lawyers being scared to take Mueller on.]
Prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s office say former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied to them and to the FBI after signing a plea deal in September, violating the terms of the agreement.
In court papers filed Monday night, prosecutors did not specify what information Manafort gave them that was allegedly false, but said it covered “a variety of subject matters.” They said they’d be submitting more information to the court later.
Manafort has been obligated to cooperate with federal prosecutors since he entered a guilty plea in September in one of the two criminal cases filed against him by the special counsel’s office. As part of his plea deal, Manafort agreed to delay sentencing until he was finished working with the government.