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Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday she will stick to her ruling that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort knowingly lied about contact with a Russian associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, thus violating Manafort's plea agreement, according to CNN.

Quick take: Manafort — whose legal team pointed to his poor health and low likelihood for committing future crimes — presented letters of support earlier on Friday as well as a 40-page document, appealing to Jackson to avoid a life sentence for conspiracy and witness tampering. He will be sentenced by a judge in Virginia federal court next Thursday for crimes including tax fraud, bank fraud and lying on federal financial documents, followed by a second sentencing hearing in Jackson's courtroom March 13.

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Report: Goldman to settle DOJ probe into Malaysia's 1MDB for over $2B

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Goldman Sachs has agreed with the Department of Justice to pay over $2 billion for the bank's role in Malaysia's multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: The settlement, expected to be announced within days, would allow Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal conviction in the U.S. over the bribery and money laundering scandal that saw three of its former bankers banned for life from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve Board.

Trump threatens to post "60 Minutes" interview early after reportedly walking out

Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Oct. 19. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering posting his interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" prior to airtime in order to show "what a FAKE and BIASED interview" it was, following reports that he abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes of taping.

Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.