Moscow : Cooperation talks between the special counsel Robert Mueller and Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump, have broken down in recent days, ABC News reported this week.
Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller’s team in September, shortly after he was convicted of eight counts related to tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to report foreign bank accounts. Before his second trial, Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction and agreed to cooperate with Mueller.
Since then, Manafort has met with prosecutors nearly a dozen times, and although Mueller’s team has been asking the former Trump campaign chairman about a wide range of topics, they’re “not getting what they want,” the report said, citing one source with knowledge of the discussions.
Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor working for Mueller, told US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson when Manafort’s plea deal was announced that he would cooperate “in any and all matters as to which the government deems the cooperation relevant,” including “testifying fully, completely” before a grand jury.