Here are five lies Manafort told Mueller that can directly link Trump to the Russians
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On Friday, federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chair, had lied multiple times after agreeing to a plea deal. These accusations, including Manafort's alleged false statements about his contacts with Trump administration officials and a $125,000 transfer of funds, come from a heavily redacted memo filed in federal court.


This article first appeared on Salon.

Specifically, the memo points to five areas of alleged falsehood: Manafort's interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian political consultant and suspected Russian intelligence agent; Kilimnik’s participation in the obstruction conspiracy; the aforementioned wire transfer; information regarding another Justice Department investigation (whose nature is not clear); and “Manafort’s contact with [Trump] Administration officials.”

After signing a plea agreement in September, Manafort apparently told prosecutors that “he had no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the administration while they were in the administration and that he never asked anyone to try to communicate a message to anyone in the administration on any subject matter.”

“The evidence demonstrates that Manafort lied about his contacts,” the memo states. “The evidence demonstrates that Manafort had contacts with Administration officials. For instance, in a text exchange from May 26, 2018, Manafort authorized a person to speak with an Administration official on Manafort’s behalf.”

The memo adds that a review of documents which were found from a “search of Manafort’s electronic documents” suggests “additional contacts with Administration officials.”

After signing a plea agreement in September, Manafort apparently told prosecutors that “he had no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the administration while they were in the administration and that he never asked anyone to try to communicate a message to anyone in the administration on any subject matter.”

“The evidence demonstrates that Manafort lied about his contacts,” the memo states. “The evidence demonstrates that Manafort had contacts with Administration officials. For instance, in a text exchange from May 26, 2018, Manafort authorized a person to speak with an Administration official on Manafort’s behalf.”

The memo adds that a review of documents which were found from a “search of Manafort’s electronic documents” suggests “additional contacts with Administration officials.”