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Special Counsel: Manafort Repeatedly Lied to FBI in Violation of Plea Agreement

Paul Manafort

By Steve Neavling

President Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, repeatedly lied to the FBI in violation of a plea agreement he reached with special counsel prosecutors about two months ago, according to a court filing late Monday.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel team wrote that Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” is a breach of his agreement, the New York Times reports.  

Since he violated the agreement, the prosecutors said, Manafort does not deserve leniency when he is sentenced.

It’s unclear what prosecutors believe Manafort lied about, but his lawyers have an opportunity to challenge the prosecutors’ allegations.

Manafort’s lawyers maintain he did what he was asked and that he “believes he has provided truthful information,”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to soon announce a sentencing date for Manafort, who has been in solitary confinement in a jail in Alexandria, Va.

Man Charged in Border Patrol Agent’s Death Agrees to Plead Guilty As Part of Sentencing Deal

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling

A man charged in the death of a Border Patrol agent won’t face the death penalty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

Rosario Burboa-Alvarez agreed to plead guilty Monday in the first-degree murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The sentencing recommendation calls for 30 years in prison with credit for time served.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Prosecutors said Burboa-Alvarez was in charge of recruiting people to sneak across the U.S. border and rob marijuana smugglers.

Burboa-Alvarez, 31, was considered a co-conspirator, even though he was in Mexico at the time of the killing.

“Mr. Burboa-Alvarez is extremely remorseful for his role in the conspiracy and accepts responsibility for his actions,” his court-appointed attorney Benjamin Aguilera said Tuesday. He “has obviously undergone much reflection and feels nothing but anguish and sorrow for what transpired in December 2010. Without question, the tragedy of Agent Terry’s death is something everyone wishes could be undone.”

Former Head of Boston’s FBI Office Fined for Violating Ethics Charge

Steve Neavling

The former head of the FBI’s Boston office choked up Tuesday as he was fined $10,000 for violating an ethics charge, the Boston Globe reports.

Kenneth Kaiser, a retired assistant director of the FBI, had pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement that spared him jail time.

“I lost something I valued the most — my reputation,” Kenneth W. Kaiser, 57, of Hopkinton, said.

Kaiser was accused of meeting with former FBI colleagues about his company that was under investigation.

Border Patrol Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Fellow Agent

Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol supervisor pleaded guilty to assaulting another agent in a work meeting at a field office in Port Angeles, Washington, the Peninsula Daily News reports. 

On Wednesday, Mauricio G. Benitez, 42, acknowledged he choked an acting field operations supervisor and pinned him against a chair, the Daily News wrote.

The plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors to avoid jail. In exchange for the plea, the Justice Department will seek three years of probation and possible angle management classes.

Benitez, who is on administrative leave, is to be sentenced June 5 at U.S. District Court in Tacoma, the Daily News reports.