Manafort said to have met with WikiLeaks founder

Trump steps up attack on Mueller

"Nobody's dying, nobody's being abused, nobody's being sexually assaulted", he said, calling Mueller's probe "bullshit" and his prosecutors "bozos" for putting Manafort in solitary confinement while awaiting sentencing.

At the White House, meanwhile, Sanders did not say one way or another what she might be able to address about Manafort's contacts.

A decision whether to unseal USA government charges against Julian Assange was delayed for a week by Judge Leonie Brinkema in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday.

According to the Guardian, Manafort's alleged meeting with Mr Assange occurred around March 2016 - just months before WikiLeaks published the stolen emails.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller started his investigation nearly 1.5 years ago but has still failed to present evidence proving alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.

Manafort has a history of lying in this case and was convicted of lying to banks and the government.

As Donald Trump's attacks against Robert Mueller grow louder and more vicious, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team, has now alleged the former manager of that campaign, Paul Manafort, has been lying to investigators, in breach of his plea deal. In a court filing on Monday, Mueller accused Manafort of lying to investigators after agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's office.

And while some commentators have described the cancelation of the plea bargain as a setback for Mueller, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman told MSNBC's Ari Berman that he doesn't see it that way - in fact, according to Ackerman, it is evidence that Mueller already has a strong enough hand to complete his prosecution without Manafort's help.

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For more than a year now, Manafort has been at the heart of several unresolved threads of the Mueller investigation.

Kromberg told the court that the government could neither confirm nor deny that the passage relates to Julian Assange, nor could confirm or deny that he has been charged because to do so would admit Assange's status, which the state contends must remain secret.

WikiLeaks has since responded to the report by declaring its publication as the moment The Guardian let a "serial fabricator" "totally destroy" the paper's credibility. Trump asked to speak off the record, which was granted.

In a federal court on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema called it "an interesting case, to say the least", according to U.S. media.

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He came back at least two more times. DOJ regulations require that Mueller file a confidential report to the attorney general but it is unclear whether any such report might become public.

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