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Manafort May Have Lied to Boost Chance at Pardon, Mueller Says

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, may have lied to prosecutors to increase his chances at a pardon for crimes he committed, according to a court transcript.

Manafort “lied about an extremely sensitive matter,” Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, told a judge at a Feb. 4 hearing. Manafort’s motivation may have been to “augment his chances for a pardon,” Weissmann said, according to a section of the transcript that’s heavily redacted. The document was unsealed Thursday.