Criminal defense attorney explains how Mueller just outsmarted Trump and Rudy Giuliani

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"He's either a pathological liar who is incapable of telling the truth and thinks he can outsmart prosecutors, or he's hoping for a pardon", Rocah said.

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

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.

"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 stated. Mueller had delayed to see how well Manafort cooperated.

It did not specify what Manafort lied about, but promised to provide details at a later time. In fact, it was so obvious that Judge T.S. Ellis threatened to throw out all charges against Manafort back in May over the special counsel's role in prosecuting these specific charges.


"At some point, Manafort will be sentenced, and at that point there will be a prolonged hearing where there will be witnesses called and information revealed and we will learn that information", Cevallos said.

Read the court filing here.

"He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterization or that he has breached the agreement", the document states. So the question is: "What was he hiding that is worse than going to jail for the rest of your life?" said Joyce Vance, a professor of law at the University of Alabama law school and former federal prosecutor. "The special counsel has now said that Manafort is not credible".

Trump says that when the Mueller investigation ends it will become evident that people were treated "horribly" and "viciously" and that people's lives are being ruined for refusing to lie. Under the plea deal, he faces as many as 10 years in prison in the Washington case. 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.

Earlier Monday, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos reported to a prison in Wisconsin to serve a 14-day sentence for lying to investigators. It also means that Mueller's team is losing a cooperating witness from the top of Donald Trump's presidential campaign who was present for several key episodes under investigation.

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