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Feb 15, 2019

This Week: A Judge Agrees With Mueller That Manafort Lied

An Aug. 2, 2016 meeting in a Manhattan cigar room — at which then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a former colleague linked to Russian intelligence, Konstantin Kilimnik, to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine — is key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson at the hearing last week. A transcript from that hearing also suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office believes Manafort lied in the hope of receiving a presidential pardon. Jackson said in an order Wednesday that Paul Manafort had indeed lied, violating his plea agreement. She said Mueller had shown convincing evidence that Manafort had lied about a $125,000 payment, about certain interactions with Kilimnik, and about a matter in an unspecified Justice Department investigation. A pro-Trump super PAC closely linked to Manafort, and related to that $125,000 payment, is facing FEC scrutiny over why it failed to report a $1 million contribution received just before the 2016…

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