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Manafort Plea Deal Tossed After Judge Agrees He Lied

The Special Counsel's office prevailed in their motion to get Paul Manafort's plea deal tossed, leaving him to face many more years in jail.

Late breaking news coming out of DC: Paul Manafort's plea deal is toast and he now faces significantly more prison time than initially thought. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort "intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, the Office of Special Counsel and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation."

Mueller initially charged that Manafort lied about five distinct areas. The judge determined that he had lied about three, rendering his plea deal "void".

A breakdown of the five areas:

  1. Did he lie about the nature of payments made by Firm A to the law firm: Yes
  2. Did he lie about Kilimnick's role in the obstruction of justice conspiracy: No
  3. Did he lie about material matters pertaining to his interactions with Kilimnick: Yes
  4. Did he lie about material matters relating to another DOJ investigation: Yes
  5. Did he lie about contact with the administration: No

Rick Wilson summarized it nicely:

Ari Melber breaks it down with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries in the clip above.

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