Paul Manafort breached plea deal by lying to prosecutors, judge rules

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Paul Manafort breached plea deal by lying to prosecutors, judge rules

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort breached his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office by lying to prosecutors, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson found there was a “preponderance” of evidence that Manafort lied on three different topics, including his communications with his former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik. But she cleared Manafort of allegations that he intentionally lied on two other subjects.

Jackson’s ruling also said Mueller’s office is no longer required to support a sentencing reduction for Manafort.

Manafort was accused of lying about several matters, including his discussions with Kilimnik, a longtime associate who the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence. Mueller’s prosecutors have said the discussions between Manafort and Kilimnik about a Ukrainian peace plan go to the “heart” of the Mueller probe.

Manafort was also accused of lying about sharing polling data with Kilimnik during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Manafort remains in jail while awaiting sentencing.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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