FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Mueller Mulling New Charges for Manafort

Comes After Plea Deal Falls Through

November 30, 2018 - 10:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the special counsel's Russia investigation (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is considering new charges for Donald Trump's former campaign chairman after his plea deal fell apart over allegations of lying to investigators.

That's what prosecutors told a federal judge Friday in the case of Paul Manafort. The judge ordered the government to disclose more details about the false-statements allegations against Manafort by next Friday and set a tentative sentencing date for early March.

Manafort is accused of repeatedly lying to investigators even after he agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates.

Manafort faces up to five years in prison on each charge in his plea agreement. He also is set to be sentenced on eight felony counts in a separate case in Virginia in February.

He has denied the lying allegations.

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1:55 a.m.

Paul Manafort's attorneys are heading to court Friday at a time of frenetic activity in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Prosecutors this week obtained a guilty plea from President Donald Trump's longtime fixer Michael Cohen and appear to be lining up charges against another Trump supporter.

Manafort's plea deal fell apart after prosecutors say the former Trump campaign chairman lied to investigators. They are expected to provide some detail about those false statements Friday.

The hearing in federal court in Washington comes as Trump is facing questions about whether he will pardon Manafort and as he is attempting to downplay the guilty plea of Cohen for lying to Congress.

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