National Security

Giuliani: Mueller accused Manafort of lying about Trump

President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has indicated it believes former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort 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 Clinton.

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.