Manafort's lawyers say they believe he provided truthful information However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that Manafort lied "on a variety of subject matters" after signing the plea deal. The latest development means that Mr Mueller's investigation has lost a key witness. Winners and losers from Manafort's plea deal Manafort: The man who helped Trump win Manafort's lawyers insist that he did not breach the plea deal - however, both sides now agree that there is no reason to delay sentencing. President Trump lashed out at the special counsel on Tuesday morning. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump ....The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite. He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other. Heroes will come of this, and it won’t be Mueller and his... 70.8K 12:42 PM - Nov 27, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy 40.5K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Skip Twitter post 2 by @realDonaldTrump Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump ....terrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and “Justice” Department! 77.4K 1:07 PM - Nov 27, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy 52.6K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Report End of Twitter post 2 by @realDonaldTrump What was the plea deal? In August Manafort was convicted on eight counts of fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose bank accounts. A month later he pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy against the US and one charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice in a plea bargain with Mr Mueller. The agreement avoided a second trial on money laundering and other charges. The plea deal meant Manafort would face up to 10 years in prison and would forfeit four of his properties and the contents of several bank accounts - but deadlocked charges from the previous trial would be dismissed. It was the first criminal trial arising from the justice department's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections. However, the charges related only to Manafort's political consulting with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, largely pre-dating his role with the Trump campaign. The White House has insisted that the guilty plea had absolutely nothing to do with President Trump. What does Robert Mueller say now? In a court filing on Monday, Mr Mueller said that after signing the deal "Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's office on a variety of subject matters". The filing did not give details of what Manafort allegedly lied about. Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image caption Paul Manafort's downfall has been celebrated by some In the same filing, Manafort's legal team said their client had "provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his co-operation obligations". "He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government's characterisation or that he has breached the agreement," his lawyers said. As prosecutors allege he breached the agreement, Manafort could now potentially face harsher sentences or have charges against him re-filed. Manafort has been held in a detention centre in Virginia since June. What did we learn from Manafort trial? What are the wider repercussions? This is seen as a blow to Mr Mueller's Russia probe. As investigators no longer believe Manafort is a credible witness, they will not be able to use his testimony in their case. Experts say Manafort could now face a longer prison sentence and more criminal charges. One lawyer told Reuters that the consequences could be "potentially devastating" for Manafort. However, some observers have speculated that Manafort might be hoping for a presidential pardon. How did we get here? Manafort, 69, worked for the Trump presidential campaign for five months in 2016 and was in charge when Mr Trump clinched the Republican party nomination. President Trump has branded the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no collusion between his team and Russia. The Kremlin has also repeatedly denied any meddling. Manafort was charged by Mr Mueller last October and at trial he was accused of using 31 foreign bank accounts in three different countries to evade taxes on millions of dollars. Prosecutors presented evidence of Manafort's luxurious lifestyle, saying it was only possible because of his bank and tax fraud. 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Fox News legal analyst stunned at how Mueller made it impossible for Trump to save Manafort

Judge Andrew Napolitano (Photo: Screen capture)

Judge Andrew Napolitano (Photo: Screen capture)

DOMINIQUE JACKSON, RAW STORY|AIWA! NO!|On Tuesday, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano revealed to host Shep Smith that Special Counsel Robert Mueller acted strategically to block President Donald Trump from pardoning Paul Manafort.

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was busted for lying even after he signed a plea agreement.

It is unclear exactly what he lied about, but Napolitano explained that Mueller designed the plea agreement in such a way that it is “pardon proof.”

“The guilty plea is 175 pages long. In my career, I have never seen one like this. It was so carefully crafted by Bob Mueller and signed by Paul Manafort, that at the time he pleaded guilty to the charges he was indicted for — which was basically bank fraud, money laundering, and some form of commercial bribery of foreign officials in federal court. He also pleaded guilty to uncharged state crimes in New Jersey, in Virginia and in California.”

He added, “Why did they do that? To make it pardon proof so if President Trump, which he can do, does pardon him for the federal crimes the state prosecutors in those states already have his guilty plea.”

Mueller has played by the book, no leaks no lies that we know of,” he concluded.

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