Prosecutors Told Judge That Manafort Might Have Lied in Hopes of a Pardon

Federal prosecutors told a judge this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, may have lied to them about "an extremely sensitive issue" in hopes of increasing the chances that he would be pardoned for his crimes, according to a transcript of the hearing unsealed Thursday.

The heavily redacted document leaves unclear what issue Mr. Manafort was being questioned about.

Prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are accusing Mr. Manafort of lying to them repeatedly last year after he agreed to cooperate with their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and the Trump campaign in exchange for a possibly lighter sentence.

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