Robert Mueller: Manafort Shouldn’t Get Any Sentencing Relief For Co-Operation

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The special counsel's office told a judge on Friday that it no longer believes Paul Manafort deserves leniency.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office told a judge on Friday that although no new charges against Paul Manafort will be pursued regarding the former Trump campaign chairman’s alleged lies to prosecutors, Mueller no longer believes Manafort deserves leniency for his cooperation.

Via NBC News:

[T]he deputy, Andrew Weissmann, said Mueller's office isn’t planning to pursue additional charges based on Manafort’s alleged lies to federal investigators after he agreed to cooperate in the investigation into Russian election interference. Weissmann also said the special counsel does not intend to bring Manafort to trial on the charges that were a part of his plea agreement.

Manafort’s lawyers have argued that he did not intentionally mislead investigators.

"We believe that whether there was a breach contends on whether or not he intentionally lied," said defense attorney Richard Westling. "He did not intentionally lie."

However, prosecutors said Manafort told “multiple discernible lies” that could not be attributed to "mere memory lapses."

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she could move forward with sentencing until the scope of Manafort's alleged lies is resolved.

Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, the two sides will argue the case in a closed-door hearing on Feb. 4, Jackson ruled Friday, with a redacted transcript to be released as soon as possible.

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