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Ex-Trump campaign chair lied, broke plea agreement: Mueller

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19, 2013. (AP photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe, in breach of his plea agreement.

Prosecutors say in a new court filing that after Manafort agreed to truthfully co-operate with the investigation, he “committed federal crimes” by lying about “a variety of subject matters.” They are now asking a federal judge to set a date to sentence him.

Manafort is denying that he lied. His attorneys say in the same filing that he believes he “provided truthful information.”

Manafort had been meeting with the special counsel’s office since he pleaded guilty in September and agreed to co-operate. He remains jailed while awaiting his sentence. He faces multiple years in prison.