Jeffrey Toobin: It's doom for Paul Manafort

Published on 14 Feb 2019 / In News & Politics

CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin reacts to a federal judge ruling that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lied to special counsel Robert Mueller.

A federal judge found Manafort "intentionally" lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, breaking the plea agreement that made him the star cooperator in the Russia probe.

Manafort "made multiple false statements to the FBI, the OSC and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation," including his contacts with his Russian associate during the campaign and later, Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote on Wednesday.

Jackson's ruling is another stunning turn in Mueller's efforts to uncover Russian interference in the 2016 election, as the first man the special counsel indicted then pursued as a potential cooperator for a year sees the end of any benefits he tried to gain through a guilty plea.

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