https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/manafort- ... -1.4921760Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, said in the filing that after signing a 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."
Mueller said in the filing that those lies breached Manafort's plea agreement.
Manafort's attorneys said in the same filing submitted to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., that Manafort had met with the government on several occasions and "provided truthful information" in efforts to "live up to his co-operation obligations."
They said Manafort disagreed with the characterization that he had breached the agreement.
'Angling for the pardon'
The breakdown in the plea deal raises the prospect that Manafort is seeking to protect others who worked on Trump's campaign and to curry favour with the president, said former federal prosecutor David Weinstein.
"It seems to me he's angling for the pardon," he said.
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Mueller accuses ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of lying, breaching plea agreement
Trump ex-lawyer admits lying to Congress
Mr Cohen pleaded guilty in court to one count of making false statements to Congress in its own investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign worked with Russia to sway the US election two years ago.
He said at the hearing that he had submitted a false written statement about a Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow.
"I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1," Mr Cohen said in court, according to Reuters news agency.
He has previously identified "individual 1" as Mr Trump.