Paul Manafort’s in trouble again. A federal judge said he “intentionally” lied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the FBI and a grand jury. So, the judge pulled Manafort’s plea deal.
That means Mueller doesn’t have to lobby for a reduced sentence for Manafort, as he’d agreed to. Lawyers for Manafort, the chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, said he did not intentionally lie.
Manafort faces two sentencings, the first scheduled for March 13. One of the things the judge said Manafort lied about was his interactions with a Russian associate during and after the campaign. Which brings up a question asked repeatedly during this probe: Why have so many of the President’s associates been caught lying about their contacts with Russians?