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Mueller could hit Manafort with retrial, new charges

POLITICO logo POLITICO 11/30/2018 By Kyle Cheney

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is considering retrying former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a slew of federal charges that resulted in a hung jury over the summer.

At a hearing in federal court Friday morning, prosecutors said they are also weighing leveling new criminal charges for Manafort, contending that he obstructed justice and committed additional federal crimes since entering a plea agreement with the special counsel in September.

“That determination has not been made,” said special counsel attorney Andrew Weissmann.

Weissmann's contention led Judge Amy Berman Jackson, a member of the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., to set a tentative March 5 sentencing date for Manafort.

Prosecutors will file a more detailed explanation of what they believe Manafort lied about to investigators on Dec. 7. Manafort’s defense team will then have until January to reply, leading to a likely late January hearing on the matter.

Manafort, who was already convicted on tax and bank fraud charges following an August trial in Virginia, appeared to be cooperating with Mueller to avoid a second trial on money laundering charges in Washington. But Mueller’s team said Monday that Manafort lied repeatedly during his discussions with prosecutors.

Manafort’s attorneys insist he did not violate the plea deal and said they intend to rebut the government’s filing after they see it. Manafort is currently jailed while he awaits sentencing and waived his right to appear in court Friday.

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