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Last night, a federal judge ruled that Paul Manafort lied to investigators about his meeting with a Russian agent. Why would he lie about that after he had already received a deal for his cooperation? npr.org/2019/02/13/694…
Last week’s hearing transcript suggests one reason: because Manafort was angling for a pardon—which may explain why he also lied about his conversations with the Trump administration. documentcloud.org/documents/5731…
That suggests Manafort thought his lies weren't just helping himself, but that they would get Trump's attention and approval—if not because lying helped Trump obstruct the investigation, then at least because it showed Manafort's loyalty. cnn.com/2019/02/13/pol…
The big question is: Did Manafort and the White House discuss his decision to lie or the possibility of a pardon? If so, that could very well be another criminal act of obstruction by the Trump White House. justsecurity.org/62174/pardon-f…
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