Federal Judge Rules Paul Manafort Lied To The Special Counsel

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, had intentionally lied to the special counsel about communications with Russian officials. A statement from the judge wrote, “Should it be judged by the Government in its sole discretion that the defendant has failed to cooperate fully, has intentionally given false, misleading or incomplete information or testimony, has committed or attempted to commit any further crimes, or has otherwise violated any provision of this agreement, the defendant will not be released from his pleas of guilty but the Government will be released from its obligations under the agreement,” ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍

In 2018, Paul Manafort reached a plea deal with the special counsel. In that deal, Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel in the Russia investigation in exchange for a reduced sentence. The new ruling means the deal will be voided. In addition to that, the Government can now file additional charges against Manafort.

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