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Judge rules Paul Manafort violated Mueller plea deal by lying

Paul Manafort
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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by making a series of false statements during his interviews with investigators.

The big picture: Judge Amy Berman Jackson determined that Mueller provided sufficient evidence to prove three out of the five lies he alleged that Manafort told. Because he breached his plea agreement, Manafort will likely no longer receive leniency during his sentencing.

  • Jackson found that Manafort intentionally lied during conversations with the Mueller team about a wire payment, a separate DOJ investigation, and his contacts with longtime business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who is suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.
  • Jackson said Mueller did not produce sufficient evidence to prove that Manafort intentionally lied about his contacts with the Trump administration or Kilimnik’s role in obstruction of justice.

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