'He’s doing it to protect Trump': Ex-Solicitor General explains why Manafort isn't just a grifter
Paul Manafort during the sound check at the podium of the Republican National Convention. (mark reinstein / Shutterstock.com)

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “made false statements and thereby breached the plea agreement."


While interviewing with CNN host Don Lemon, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, said that Manafort's lying is serious and should not be taken lightly because of the sensitivity of the information he was lying about.

"Paul Manafort's not just, you know, lying about what he bought at CVS or something," Katyal said.

"He's lying about some of the most sensitive things imaginable," he added. "About contacts with the Russian government, Russian intelligence operatives, and he is facing a life sentence."

He then suggested that there is only one real reason why he would lie.

"He's doing it to protect Trump, he's doing it to try and angle for a pardon from Trump," he said.

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