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U.S. judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal

By Nathan Layne and Sarah N. Lynch

 

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FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S. June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

 

The ruling concludes weeks of wrangling between Manafort's lawyers and the special counsel over whether he had intentionally lied to prosecutors, impeding their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

 

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Manafort case in a Washington court, 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.

 

The ruling follows last week's release of a court transcript that showed Mueller's team believed Manafort's alleged lies were central to their investigation into potential collusion, which Trump and Russia have both denied.

 

The investigation appears focused on a meeting held at the height of the election campaign between Manafortand Kilimnik, whom prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence, according to the court filing.

 

Mueller contends that Manafort lied about the number of times he and Kilimnik discussed a "Ukrainian peace plan" - a reference to a proposal that would result in the U.S. lifting sanctions on Russia, one of the Kremlin's top objectives.

 

In a court filing ahead of Wednesday's ruling, Manafort's lawyers repeated their argument that their client never intentionally lied to prosecutors and stressed that he corrected any mistakes once they were pointed out to him.

 

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Nathan Layne; editing by Tom Brown and G Crosse)

 

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 Member of the process group, a Processarian ! He was a excellent delegate gatherer !

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We now learn the Judge who just accepted Mueller's arguments against Manafort, has been appointed to hear Roger Stone's case.

 

Illiberals might wish to recall that this is the judge that made 'stern statements' about the aggressive nature of the arrest and prosecution of Manafort and that at the time, they (the illiberals) had high hopes that the judge was going to clip Mueller's wings. 

 

Casting your mind back to this you might be able to raise your hopes a little for Stone. 

 

I'd caution against doing so.

 

Illiberals get your denial glasses on, the truth will (despite Individual-1's best efforts) out.

 

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I imagine the big M is hoping for a presidential pardon for his criminal anti American activities. I wonder what sort of spin the republicans will employ? They used to be the party of "law and order" I recall.

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