Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort when he arrived in court on June 15, 2018. – Jacquelyn Martin / AP / SIPA

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been convicted by US courts of financial malpractice, faces a more serious prison sentence than expected. The court concluded on Wednesday that he had violated his agreement to plead guilty by lying to
FBI.

Lobbyist Paul Manafort, who briefly led the Republican campaign team, pled guilty to two counts. He acknowledged in particular that he had sought to conceal exchanges with the Russian ambassador in Washington before the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.

The sentence could be aggravated

Under this agreement to plead guilty, which guaranteed him a maximum of 10 years in prison, he had to cooperate with the investigators and the FBI. But the Special Prosecutor's Team Robert Mueller, who oversaw the investigation into a possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's campaign in 2016, accused him of violating the agreement by lying to the investigators. This was confirmed by a federal judge Wednesday that Paul Manafort had lied "intentionally" on his contacts in 2016 and 2017 with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former associate linked to the intelligence services of Moscow.

Paul Manafort also lied about a payment made to a law firm, said the judge. This court decision means that the prosecutor's team Mueller no longer has to respect the agreement to plead guilty, Paul Manafort having already violated it.

This violation of the agreement could also aggravate his sentence, still awaited, in a separate procedure for bank and tax fraud, which he was convicted in August by a Virginia court.

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