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Judge Tosses Manafort Plea Deal After Ruling He Lied

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A D.C. federal judge ruled Wednesday that Paul Manafort lied in three of five instances cited by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, invalidating his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, reports the Wall Street Journal.

US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling voids the government’s obligation to offer him lenience in exchange for his cooperation in the Russia probe.

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In particular, the judge ruled that Mr. Manafort lied about his communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, as well as payments to a law firm and another unspecified matter. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assessed that Mr. Kilimnik, a Russian political operative who worked in Ukraine with Mr. Manafort and was also indicted by Mr. Mueller, has ties to Russian intelligence. Mr. Kilimnik remains at large. –Wall Street Journal

As a result of the ruling, Manafort won’t receive any credit for his cooperation with prosecutors – and may serve out the rest of his natural life in jail on charges of tax evasion and unregistered lobbying.

Manafort was convicted last year in a similar Virginia trial, and pleaded guilty in the Washington case in the now-voided plea agreement designed to avoid another trial.

That said, Berman Jackson also ruled that federal prosecutors failed to prove that Manafort lied about Mr. Kilimnik’s role in any potential conspiracy to obstruct justice, reports the Journal, and ruled that the government did not lie about his contacts with the Trump administration.

Prosecutors had contended that Mr. Manafort had repeatedly told “multiple discernible lies” just weeks after he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the Mueller investigation.

In a closed-door hearing last week, Judge Berman Jackson had questions for prosecutors over their allegations. –Wall Street Journal

“I’m not sure that is something that a prosecutor would prosecute as a criminal false statement necessarily,” said Judge Berman Jackson, according to transcripts, apparently in reference to Kilimnik. Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told Berman Jackson that the issue went to the core of the special counsel’s Russia probe.

Two months after Manafort’s September plea agreement, prosecutors accused him of breaching it by lying several times over the course of his 12 or so sessions with investigators in front of the grand jury.

Manafort’s attorneys denied that he intentionally lied to prosecutors – instead blaming his alleged misstatements on a poor memory and a lack of access to relevant documents and evidence, writes the Journal.

Manafort’s case was related to his unregistered political consulting work for Ukraine’s then-ruling party which predated his work with the Trump campaign.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Washington on March 13, while the former Trump campaign manager is awaiting a sentencing date in Virginia where the judge postponed the hearing to see how the D.C. case was resolved.

via zerohedge

6 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe they should put Manafort [because he’s such a hardened criminal] down in Gitmo, instead of solitary. There he will enjoy the 5 million dollar soccer field that Obummer built for his terrorist buddies! They also get to paint and sell their paintings at a New York art gallery! Manafort after all flew planes into our buildings killing over 3 thousand Americans, chopped off people’s heads, and hates this Country….The real criminals here…the Judge along with the Mule and his corrupt team. Manafort lied to them…wow… can’t lie to liars. His lawyers say he didn’t remember, tax evasion….hmm…let’s go into the background of the Obummer Judge, and the mule, and his team and see how pure they are!

  2. ARLENE, Your comment is one of the most uninformed right wing biased pieces of garbage I’ve read so far this week. If you opened your eyes and shut off FoxNews and their vile right wing extremist reporting you might realize how deeply they have you boxed-in to their self centered, unfounded, reporting and commentary. Just the fact that you do not, and cannot, bring yourself to understand what a good or great president looks like makes clear how little you opinion is worth. When you compare Trump to any other president, and I mean any other president, he comes up short by any measure; he is a failure as President just as he was in business ( 5 bankruptcies and major out-of-court settlements in record numbers; as well as unethically refusing to pay jobbers and workers legitimate claims for work performed…..this list goes on and on ). His relationship with the truth is non existent, he has no moral compass at all; he has cheated on each of his wives multiple times, once only a month after his current wife gave birth to their first child together…..and of course he denied it but still chose to pay at least to of the women off to keep their mouths shut about their affairs.
    Manafort is a criminal by any measure; he’s broken federal laws, lied under oath, indulged in treasonous activities with Russia for personal gain as well as many other perhaps lesser crimes; he gets no sympathy from anyone with half a brain. He may think Trump will ultimately grant him a pardon and, I for one believe that he actually will, but that will not him make any less guilty and will only serve to prove that Trump is rewarding him for lying about what he knows about Trumps involvement with Russia in rigging his own election. What a disgrace they both are to the United States, and what a deceitful, immoral, hateful pair they are……by any measure at all.

  3. WHEN THE COMMUNISTS WIN THEY WIN AND WHEN THEY LOSE THEY WIN. ONLY TWO PARTY’S LEFT IN THE USA. THE DEMOCRAT RINO RAT PARTY AND THE 65 MILLION AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. WE MUST MOVE THAT NUMBER TO 100 MILLION. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THE PEOPLE ELECTED ONE OF THEIR OWN. HE SHOWS FOR WORK EARLY IN THE AM AND TAKES NO SALARY. WE WERE HEADED BACK TO COMMUNIST SLAVERY WHEN GOD INTERVENED. DON’T THINK THAT THE COMMUNISTS WILL LET HIM ROAM FREE. IT IS US WHO MUST PROTECT HIM AS HE PROTECTS US. THE PARTY OF DEATH TO LITTLE CHILDREN HAS REPLACED THE MAFIA WITH THEIR SINS AND CRIMES.YOU MUST TELL ALL WHO LOVE YOU THAT THEY MUST VOTE FOR TRUMP. WE MUST BE PLENTY IN 2020. THOSE WHO DIVIDE US INTEND TO DESTROY US. THOSE WHO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY INTEND TO KILL YOU. BILL AYERS TOLD OBAMA THAT 20% OF THE COUNTRY WILL NEVER SURRENDER AND MUST BE LIQUIDATED. IS YOUR NAME ON A SECRET FACEBOOK LIST?http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spiritofamericapartybook/2019/02/09/brave-roger-stone

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