Giuliani: Mueller accused Manafort of lying about Trump

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team has indicated it believes former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBharara: 'Doesn't seem' Mueller's investigation 'ending any time soon' Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump condemns 'horrible' New Zealand mosque shootings MORE has lied to them about Trump.

"In the questioning of Manafort, they did tell them at the time that they believed he was lying about certain things related to us that he's not lying about," Giuliani told CNN on Friday.

Giuliani said that investigators told Manafort that they do not believe Trump had no knowledge about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that Manafort and Trump Jr. attended with a Russian lawyer who was promising dirt on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE.

Trump's lawyer said he got the information from Manafort's attorneys. Giuliani went on in the interview to criticize what he called "abominable" conduct by Mueller's team, claiming they are attempting to force Manafort to change his story in order to leave solitary confinement.


"They repeated that conduct over and over and over again which gives us a clear indication of what they want him to say in order to get him out of solitary confinement. I find that abominable," Giuliani said.

The full extent of what Manafort told Mueller remains unclear, and the special counsel on Friday is expected to outline in a court filing how the former Trump aide specifically violated his plea agreement, signed earlier this year, which mandates his cooperation with the special counsel investigation.

Manafort was found guilty on several charges relating to his work in Ukraine earlier this year, and pleaded guilty to other crimes to avoid a second trial in Washington, D.C.