'Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement by intentionally lying to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel in the Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another loss for the former Trump campaign chairman, who faces years in prison in two separate criminal cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
The judge said Manafort lied to Mueller about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, his co-defendant who the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence.
The ruling on Wednesday hurts Manafort's chance of receiving a reduced sentence, though Jackson said she would decide the exact impact during his sentencing next month.
The four-page order resolves a dispute that had provided new insight into how Mueller views Manafort's actions as part of his broader probe of Russian election interference and any possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump.
Jackson found there was sufficient evidence to say Manafort broke his plea agreement by lying about three of five matters that prosecutors had singled out.
That included his misleading the FBI, prosecutors and a federal grand jury about his interactions with Kilimnik, his co-defendant who the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence.
Prosecutors had accused Manafort of lying about his discussions with Kilimnik about a possible Ukrainian peace plan.
During a sealed hearing, Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said one of the discussions - an August 2, 2016, meeting at the Grand Havana Club cigar bar in New York - went to the 'larger view of what we think is going on' and what 'we think the motive here is.''
Read more: US judge VOIDS plea deal for Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and rules he intentionally lied to the FBI and Mueller about his contacts with Russian 'spy' in 2016 - leaving him facing years in prison
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