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Manafort's Hope for a Reduced Sentence Just Sank

A judge rules he lied during the Russia probe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2019 6:00 PM CST
Updated Feb 13, 2019 6:30 PM CST
In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe, the AP reports. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in an order that there's sufficient evidence that Manafort lied in breach of his plea agreement. The decision hurts Manafort's chance of receiving a reduced sentence next month. Manafort was accused of lying about several matters including his discussions with a longtime associate the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence.

Mueller's prosecutors have said the discussions between Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik about a Ukrainian peace plan go to the "heart" of the Mueller probe. Manafort was also accused of lying about sharing polling data with Kilimnik during the 2016 presidential campaign. Manafort remains jailed awaiting sentencing.

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