Prosecutors investigating the Russian plot in the United States today detailed the lies told to them by Paul Manafort, former campaign chief of the current president, Donald Trump, after reaching a collaboration agreement with them.
In a court document, the prosecutors who work for Robert Mueller indicated that Manafort told "multiple and perceptible lies" in at least five areas of the interrogations.
On the one hand, prosecutors said that Manafort hid their contacts with Trump officials.
"He stated that he did not have direct or indirect communications with anyone from the government while they were part of the government and that he never asked anyone to try to communicate a message to anyone in the government on any issue," prosecutors said.
In fact, one of the lawyers of the president and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, already acknowledged last week that Manafort had kept them informed of the conversations he had with Mueller's prosecutors.
In today's brief before the magistrate of the case, Amy Berman Jackson, prosecutors also accused him of lying about a payment of $ 125,000 and about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian citizen with ties to the intelligence of the Kremlin.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said after hearing the document that the case "says absolutely nothing about the president and even less about the ties (with Russia) and is almost entirely dedicated to lobbying" by Manafort.
Manafort reached a collaboration agreement with Mueller for which he expected to receive a sentence of less than 10 years in prison for financial crimes for which he pleaded guilty.
Last week, however, Mueller prosecutors gave the pact for broken for the alleged lies of Manafort and left the door open to charge him with new charges.
Mueller and his prosecutors are investigating the alleged interference by the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The trial against Manafort is the product of Mueller's investigation, although it is not related to the activities he did as head of the Trump campaign, but to his previous work as a consultant for foreign governments.