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A federal judge in the case of former Trump campaign chair and convicted felon Paul Manafort ruled Wednesday that Manafort had “intentionally” lied to the special counsel in the Russia probe, thereby violating his plea agreement.

“The Office of Special Counsel is no longer bound by its obligations under the plea agreement, including its promise to support a reduction of the offense level,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote in the order, greenlighting a longer sentence for Manafort. The special counsel’s office won on 3 out of 5 claims it made against Manafort.

In particular, Berman noted the special counsel had “established by a preponderance of the evidence” that Manafort lied about his interactions and communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russia ally who the special counsel says has ties to Russian intelligence. Communications between Manafort and Kilimnik during the campaign and after have recently garnered media attention as lying at “the heart” of a potential Trump-Russia conspiracy to rig the election. Manafort, Kilimnik, and Manafort deputy Rick Gates have all been placed at a consequential August 2, 2016 meeting in a now infamous cigar bar. Gates is cooperating with the special counsel’s office.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is big. The tide is turning.

    24 years possible for Manafort!
    Gag order on Stone!

    Trump will think twice about pardoning Manafort — if Trump knows that he is also guilty — because he will be hesitant to anger the other judges.

    Meuller means business!!!

    This is also a message to Russia, and it will be well received by the Ukraine, and our allies in Eastern Europe. It is a clear statement that America is standing up against criminals messing with our election system. The cornerstone of our Democracy, and government.

    The military style raid on both of these Trump affiliates homes was a statement.

    I suspect that Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner are next in line; and then the early morning knock on the door will be for the (alleged) President.

    Boom.

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