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The former campaign manager for Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, already convicted by the us court of embezzlement, risk a prison sentence more severe than expected. The justice concluded on Wednesday that he had violated his agreement to plead guilty of lying to the FBI.
The lobbyist Paul Manafort, who briefly led the campaign team of republican, had pleaded guilty to two counts of the indictment. He recognized, in particular, have sought to conceal exchanges with the ambassador of Russia to Washington before the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.
In the framework of the agreement to plead guilty, that guaranteed him a maximum of 10 years in prison, he had to cooperate with the investigation, and the FBI. But the team of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation of a possible collusion between Moscow and the campaign of Mr. Trump in 2016, was accused of having violated the agreement by lying to investigators.
This was confirmed by a federal judge Wednesday in ruling that Mr. Manafort had lied “intentionally” on his contacts in 2016 and 2017 with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former associate linked to the intelligence services of Moscow.
Mr. Manafort has also lied about a payment made to a firm of lawyers, said the judge.
This court decision means that the team of the prosecutor Mueller no longer has to comply with the agreement to plead guilty, Mr. Manafort had itself already violated.
This violation of the agreement could also aggravate his sentence, even expected, within the framework of a separate procedure for bank fraud and tax, of which he was convicted in August by a court in Virginia.