Trump wrongly claims Cohen memos ‘clear the president’ – live

Some more details on the Manafort filing from my colleague Tom McCarthy:

Manafort tried to hide the fact that he had contact with ‘an administration official’ inside the White House as late as May 2018, according to Mueller’s filing, which was partially redacted and did not specify what Manafort had discussed with the White House…

In sum, Manafort sat for 12 meetings with special counsel, including three prior to the plea agreement, Mueller said. He has testified twice before a federal grand jury.

Related: Manafort lied on five separate matters after agreeing to cooperate, Mueller says

The special counsel’s office has now released its memo on Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who has been accused of breaching a plea bargain deal by lying to prosecutors:

READ: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s filing detailing allegations against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

On November 8, 2018, the government informed defense counsel that it believed that Manafort had lied in multiple ways and on multiple occasions…

The defendant breached his plea agreement in numerous ways by lying to the FBI and Special Counsel’s Office. The principal lies relate to, among other things: (1) Manafort’s interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik; (2) Kilimnik’s participation in count two of the superseding information; (3) a wire-transfer to a firm that was working for Manafort; (4) information pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation; and (5) Manafort’s contact with Administration officials…

Related: Konstantin Kilimnik: elusive Russian with ties to Manafort faces fresh Mueller scrutiny

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