Talks between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump's former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have become increasingly tense about Manafort's apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation
Prosecutors of Robert Mueller and the office of the special counselor say they do not get what they want & # 39; from Paul Manafort, the former campaign president of President Trump.
Manafort (69) pleaded in September in the hope of keeping time free from his imprisonment for tax and bank fraud. However, ABC News reports that Manafort provides much less useful information that Mueller expected.
Manafort has had contact with prosecutors almost ten times since he entered into a plea agreement on 14 September.
As part of the advocacy agreement, Manafort agreed to provide information about a & # 39; wide & # 39; range of topics.
It is not clear whether Manafort had provided information about President Donald Trump, Trump employees or anything else.
The ABC report that is based on anonymous sources also does not make clear whether Manafort did not provide information that he had promised to share with researchers, or that he only failed to meet Mueller's expectations.
Prosecutors of Robert Mueller's pictured office have asked Manafort about a wide range of issues in nearly a dozen encounters since Manafort was willing to join in September, sources said, but the Mueller team gets & # 39; not what they want & # 39; according to ABC News
So confident is Trump's team that nothing will be found burdensome, said Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that the lawyer of Manafort, Kevin Downing, had revealed to him that Manafort does not provide information that Trump implies.
If it appears that Manafort is not cooperating, it may shrink his hopes to get a lighter sentence in his August conviction in Virginia in respect of bank and tax fraud.
The Manafort plea agreement should limit his imprisonment to 10 years.
The Manafort plea agreement states: "If prosecutors determine that Manafort has not fully cooperated, deliberately provided false, misleading or incomplete information or testimonies, he will not be released from his claims, but the government will be released from its obligations. "
According to ABC News, prosecutors have asked Manafort for his work with Roger Stone, an old Trump confidant who is a focus of the Mueller probe.
Manafort entered the Trump campaign in early 2016 to administer the Republican National Convention and was later elevated to chairman of the Trump campaign, serving in that position until the late summer of 2016, when he abruptly resigned
Mueller, who is now writing his final report, is interested in finding out if Stone had prior knowledge of Wikileaks plans to remove emails that were stolen by Clinton campaign president John Podesta.
Stone has vehemently denied having specific knowledge about the content, source or specific timing of e-mail blogs from Wikileaks.
Mueller's team has already asked Manafort in the 1980s about the work he did with Stone. Manafort and Stone ran the lobby firm Manafort, Black & Stone, which became notorious because it took on most other lobby shops as foreign customers banned by national borders.
Manafort is also being pushed for information about his contacts with Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign, but it is also said on this topic that Manafort has given information that has little use.
A plea was worked out between Manafort and the Mueller team, where his prison sentence would be capped at 10 years, but now there is growing frustration about whether Manafort fully offers the information he has offered, putting the deal under pressure