A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that special prosecutors Robert Mueller prosecutors showed that Paul Manafort lied on three occasions, so they agreed that prosecutors are no longer bound by an agreement to recommend a lighter sentence for Manafort.
After a private audience, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort, the former head of Trump's presidential campaign, had lied to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the special lawyer's office and Mueller's grand jury about the payments. made by a "Firm A" (not identified) to another law firm and that this matter was fundamental to their investigation.
He also ruled that Manafort had made several false statements to the FBI, the special lawyer's office and the grand jury about his interactions and communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-Russian associate, and that Manafort made false statements on October 5, 2018.
The judge ruled that prosecutors had not established that Manafort was lying in two other cases. He said that the special lawyer's office had not shown that Manafort made false statements on October 16, 2018, in connection with Kilimnik's role in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
In September 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal charges in Washington: conspiracy to defraud the United States and tampering with witnesses, and agreed to cooperate with investigators.
The Manafort agreement included a recommendation for a less severe sentence, but the agreement depended on its veracity in its statements before prosecutors and the grand jury.
In a separate federal case in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jury found Manafort guilty of eight charges filed against him, for which he will spend five years in prison. Because of his lies, he could spend another five years in jail.