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Mueller says Manafort lied about contact with Russian national, administration officials

In a Friday court filing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lied about several different issues while cooperating with Mueller's investigation as part of his plea deal.

Manafort told "multiple discernable lies" about his contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian employee of Manafort's political consulting firm who has ties to Russian intelligence, as well as Manafort's ongoing conversations with Trump administration officials, says Mueller.

As part of his plea agreement, Manafort was instructed not to contact anyone in the administration, but prosecutors say he continued to relay messages through May 2018. Though much of the filing is redacted, it shows that Mueller concludes Manafort breached his plea deal on multiple occasions.

Last week, when Mueller first accused Manafort of lying repeatedly to federal prosecutors, Mueller's office that said because Manafort violated the agreement, they do not have to hold up their end of the deal. It's now possible Manafort will face a harsher prison sentence for his financial fraud convictions. Read more at The Washington Post.