Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti unleashed an epic explainer on the recent news that former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied to investigators.
Manafort entered into a plea agreement and committed to cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. According to the recent court filings, Manafort breached that agreement by lying. Mueller said that he is moving forward with sentencing Manafort for the breach.
There was no statement about what Manafort lied about.
Mariotti explained that Manafort could have been promised a pardon in exchange for lying, but “but offering anything of value to someone in exchange for the commission of a federal crime is itself a federal crime.”