WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors told a judge this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, might 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.
The discussion of whether Mr. Manafort could have been angling for a presidential pardon came during a closed session Monday in Federal District Court in Washington before Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Judge Jackson is exploring the prosecution’s claims that Mr. Manafort lied before she sentences Mr. Manafort for two felonies to which he pleaded guilty in her court.
During the hearing, the prosecutors also detailed how they believed Mr. Manafort deceived them about his contacts with Konstantin V. Kilimnik, a longtime business partner in Ukraine who prosecutors say has contacts with Russian intelligence.
One meeting between Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik in New York after Mr. Trump had won the Republican presidential nomination “goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” said Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor on Mr. Mueller’s team.
The prosecution’s statement about a potential pardon was misattributed in the transcript to a lawyer for Mr. Manafort, Richard Westling, but was actually made by Mr. Weissmann, according to a spokesman for the special counsel.
Mr. Weissmann said that Mr. Manafort could have been worried that if he spoke truthfully, it might have “negative consequences in terms of the other motive that Mr. Manafort could have, which is to at least augment his chances for a pardon.”
Another prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, told the judge that the special counsel’s office was concerned that Mr. Manafort was misleading them about his contacts with administration officials because at the same time Mr. Manafort was cooperating with the prosecutors, he was sharing information about the special counsel’s investigation.
Under a joint defense agreement among a number of people being scrutinized in the Mueller inquiry, one of Mr. Manafort’s lawyers, Kevin Downing, periodically briefed the president’s legal team on Mr. Manafort’s discussions with the prosecutors and F.B.I. agents.
“You see Mr. Manafort changing his story so as not to implicate” others, Mr. Andres told the judge. Mr. Weissmann said that in several instances, Mr. Manafort “went out of his way” to withhold evidence that could have been used against Mr. Kilimnik.
Mr. Manafort’s lawyers have argued that Mr. Manafort never deliberately lied, but only inadvertently misstated certain facts. In at least one case, Judge Jackson seemed sympathetic to that argument. She pointed out that Mr. Manafort had corrected himself in the very same session, asking, “Why would this be something that we would characterize as the crime of making an intentionally false statement?”
But the judge seemed to consider other statements by Mr. Manafort to be more seriously misleading. And the prosecutors argued that Mr. Manafort’s misstatements were not minor at all, but had bearing on continuing criminal investigations.
They said that Mr. Manafort had tried to obfuscate the truth about his use of 5,000 from a pro-Trump political action committee to pay his legal bills. At the time, he was facing criminal investigations that ultimately led to his conviction for 10 felonies, including tax fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy. Mr. Weissmann described that arrangement as “to put it charitably, a scheme,” and that Mr. Manafort lied to hide knowledge of it.
He stressed that information about that element of the case, apparently involving suspected kickbacks from the political action committee, was being kept secret — a hint that a criminal inquiry is continuing.
The prosecutors also suggested that they are continuing to look into Mr. Manafort’s dealings with Mr. Kilimnik. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik maintained ties both during the five months that Mr. Manafort worked for Mr. Trump’s campaign and after Mr. Manafort was fired as campaign chairman in August 2016, prosecutors said.
The special counsel’s office is claiming that Mr. Manafort lied about the number of times that he and Mr. Kilimnik discussed a plan that apparently would have eased American-led sanctions against Russia in exchange for certain concessions that Russia would make regarding Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provoked the imposition of sanctions that the Kremlin wants lifted.
In what appears to be a reference to the peace plan, the transcript states that Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik discussed the issue at least five times: in August 2016, in December 2016, during the inauguration week of January 2017, in February 2017 and during winter 2018. Mr. Downing told Judge Jackson that documents that prosecutors had produced detailing communications with Mr. Kilimnik were “nonsense” because whether or not Mr. Trump was elected, “the sanctions were going to continue against Russia.”
But Mr. Weissmann said the Aug. 2, 2016, meeting was highly unusual given that Mr. Manafort was then busy running Mr. Trump’s campaign. “That meeting and what happened at that meeting is of significance to the special counsel,” he said.
Joining Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik that day at the Grand Havana club in Manhattan was Rick Gates, deputy chairman of the Trump campaign and Mr. Manafort’s longtime right-hand man. The three men apparently considered the get-together to be sensitive. When the meeting broke up, prosecutors said, Mr. Manafort “took the precaution” of leaving with Mr. Gates through a separate door than Mr. Kilimnik.
The transcript makes clear that Mr. Gates, who pleaded guilty to two felonies and has been cooperating with prosecutors for a year, was a key source of information about Mr. Manafort, Mr. Kilimnik and other issues central to their inquiry.
For instance, it was apparently Mr. Gates who revealed to prosecutors that Mr. Manafort had ordered Trump campaign polling data to be sent to Mr. Kilimnik as Mr. Trump was clinching the Republican nomination in spring 2016. The New York Times has reported that Mr. Manafort wanted Mr. Kilimnik to pass the data to two oligarchs who had financed Ukrainian political parties aligned with Russia.
Prosecutors said Mr. Manafort lied about the data transfer even though he had access to reports of the F.B.I.’s interviews and was “very well aware of what Mr. Gates had said about sharing of polling data.”
Mr. Downing suggested that the special counsel’s office was not nearly skeptical enough of Mr. Gates, who is awaiting sentencing for conspiracy and lying to the federal authorities. If the judge decides that Mr. Manafort lied based on what Mr. Gates has said, Mr. Downing said, “We would really have grave concerns.”
But Judge Jackson cited corroboration for Mr. Gates’s statements about Mr. Manafort. She also said the fact that Mr. Gates had previously been caught lying did not mean that “not one word he said to the Office of Special Counsel was true.”B:
2017年101期开马结果【邓】【浩】【在】【一】【边】【彷】【徨】【无】【助】，【而】【郑】【媛】【媛】【也】【并】【不】【好】【受】，【她】【突】【然】【觉】【得】【在】【这】【个】【城】【市】【再】【也】【生】【活】【不】【下】【去】。 【晚】【上】，【她】【给】【领】【导】【打】【了】【个】【电】【话】，【说】【家】【里】【有】【事】，【然】【后】【请】【假】【一】【周】。 【领】【导】【也】【没】【多】【想】，【然】【后】【就】【同】【意】【了】。 【郑】【媛】【媛】【不】【知】【道】【要】【怎】【么】【面】【对】【言】【文】【希】，【因】【为】【自】【己】【心】【底】【还】【是】【喜】【欢】【程】【贤】【佑】【的】。【可】【是】【她】【同】【样】【不】【知】【道】【要】【怎】【么】【面】【对】【邓】【浩】，【她】【不】【知】【道】【自】【己】【对】
【傲】【立】【已】【经】【化】【为】【人】【形】，【金】【色】【斗】【篷】【已】【经】【掀】【开】，【龙】【角】【撑】【起】【发】【丝】，【银】【白】【色】【的】【发】【丝】【犹】【如】【瀑】【布】【般】【倾】【泻】【而】【下】。 【暴】【怒】【的】【如】【同】【即】【将】【爆】【发】【的】【火】【山】，【如】【同】【灾】【劫】【将】【至】【的】【压】【抑】【感】！ 【席】【卷】【天】【上】【地】【下】，【四】【面】【八】【方】。 【一】【双】【龙】【目】【如】【电】，【看】【向】【盘】【旋】【而】【立】【的】【黑】【龙】。 【贱】【种】！ 【此】【等】【低】【贱】【的】【家】【伙】，【竟】【然】【获】【得】【了】【龙】【门】，【这】【对】【傲】【立】【乃】【是】【奇】【耻】【大】【辱】。 【心】
“【对】【了】，【浴】【缸】【我】【还】【要】【一】【个】【用】【来】【装】【水】。”【温】【暖】【对】【他】【说】。 “【还】【要】【一】【个】【做】【什】【么】？”【他】【皱】【眉】【道】。 “【一】【个】【装】【洗】【澡】【水】，【一】【个】【洗】【肉】【啊】。” “【这】【么】【麻】【烦】。”【翼】【白】【皱】【眉】【道】。 “【这】【不】【是】【麻】【烦】，【这】【是】【讲】【究】【卫】【生】，【不】【然】【我】【用】【浴】【缸】【来】【洗】【肉】，【浴】【缸】【不】【都】【是】【油】【了】？【而】【且】【浴】【缸】【好】【重】，【我】【也】【很】【难】【清】【洗】【啊】，【还】【不】【如】【另】【外】【准】【备】【一】【个】【装】【水】【的】【缸】【子】，【如】
【陆】【川】【风】【顾】【不】【得】【殿】【内】【其】【余】【众】【人】，【目】【光】【死】【死】【紧】【盯】【着】【殿】【中】【那】【道】【白】【光】【漩】【涡】。 【过】【了】【片】【刻】【之】【后】，【那】【道】【白】【光】【漩】【涡】【终】【于】【逐】【渐】【减】【弱】【了】【下】【来】，【速】【度】【越】【来】【越】【慢】，【直】【至】【化】【作】【一】【片】【星】【芒】【消】【散】，【而】【凤】【天】【仙】【使】【的】【身】【躯】【便】【也】【从】【其】【中】【掉】【落】【了】【出】【来】。 【韩】【立】【按】【捺】【住】【心】【中】【疑】【惑】，【朝】【凤】【天】【仙】【使】【望】【去】。 【只】【见】【其】【一】【身】【水】【甲】【早】【已】【经】【消】【失】，【浑】【身】【上】【下】【衣】【衫】【破】【碎】，【到】【处】2017年101期开马结果【半】【个】【时】【辰】，【朋】【友】【之】【间】【吃】【顿】【饭】，【胡】【侃】【一】【会】，【尚】【且】【不】【够】。 【可】【这】【战】【斗】【才】【开】【始】【半】【个】【时】【辰】，【同】【为】【半】【步】【地】【无】【禁】【的】【龙】【玥】【却】【要】【落】【败】【了】。 【远】【处】【的】【天】【沐】【统】【领】【看】【着】【这】【一】【幕】，【一】【言】【不】【发】。【因】【为】【他】【有】【预】【想】【到】【现】【在】【这】【个】【局】【面】。 【龙】【玥】【属】【于】【那】【种】【用】【资】【源】【堆】【出】【来】【的】，【虽】【然】【自】【身】【天】【赋】【不】【错】，【可】【是】【缺】【乏】【大】【量】【的】【战】【斗】【经】【验】。 【虽】【然】【有】【绯】【月】【这】【等】【四】【级】【漩】【涡】
“【是】……【是】【本】……【本】【王】【的】【暗】【卫】！”。 【只】【听】【锦】【王】【爷】【颤】【抖】【的】【声】【音】【传】【来】，【要】【不】【是】【开】【弓】【没】【有】【回】【头】【箭】，【他】【绝】【对】【不】【会】【踏】【上】【这】【悬】【崖】【的】【第】【一】【步】。 【他】【自】【己】【的】【暗】【卫】【功】【夫】【有】【多】【好】，【他】【是】【知】【道】【的】，【此】【刻】【还】【是】【不】【小】【心】【掉】【了】【下】【去】，【那】【下】【一】【刻】【会】【不】【会】【是】【自】【己】？ 【想】【到】【这】【里】，【锦】【王】【爷】【都】【感】【觉】【腿】【软】，【可】【又】【不】【敢】【软】【下】【去】！ “【呜】【呜】【呜】……【呜】【呜】【呜】……
「【喂】【喂】，【你】【们】【快】【看】！【快】【来】【看】！」 【太】【阳】【西】【下】，【苏】【天】【行】【和】【诗】【尧】【离】【开】【巿】****。【他】【们】【一】【整】【天】【都】【在】【那】【里】【当】【志】【工】，【发】【放】【补】【给】【物】【资】【给】【在】【地】【震】【中】【受】【伤】【或】【失】【去】【家】【园】【的】【巿】【民】，【累】【了】【一】【整】【天】，【正】【要】【回】【去】【休】【息】，【刘】【德】【祯】【却】【兴】【冲】【冲】【地】【跑】【过】【来】，【手】【里】【挥】【舞】【着】【一】【个】【信】【封】。 「【我】【收】【到】【情】【书】【了】！【是】【情】【书】【耶】！」 【刘】【德】【祯】【扎】【着】【长】【马】【尾】，【穿】【着】【简】【单】【的】
【意】【外】【来】【得】【太】【快】，【把】【刘】【家】【的】【人】【都】【给】【震】【住】【了】！ 【突】【然】【消】【失】【了】【好】【几】【年】【的】【刘】【家】【长】【孙】【竟】【在】【这】【个】【时】【候】，【在】【这】【个】【节】【骨】【眼】【以】【这】【种】【方】【式】【冒】【了】【出】【来】，【怎】【能】【让】【人】【不】【震】【惊】！ 【很】【快】【消】【息】【传】【到】【刘】【老】【太】【太】【的】【耳】【朵】【里】，【只】【见】【她】【迫】【不】【及】【待】【道】：“【人】【呢】？【快】，【快】【把】【人】【给】【我】【带】【过】【来】，【我】【的】【大】【孙】【子】【可】【算】【是】【回】【来】【了】，【我】【的】【大】【孙】【子】【哟】……” 【宋】【梅】【枝】【还】【在】【那】【里】【客】【套】
【雪】【花】【飘】【飘】，【银】【装】【素】【裹】，【墨】【都】【迎】【来】【了】【今】【年】【冬】【天】【第】【一】【场】【雪】。 【住】【在】【墨】【都】【的】【人】【来】【说】，【这】【场】【雪】【来】【的】【有】【点】【突】【然】。 【冷】【清】【的】【街】【道】【只】【有】【零】【零】【散】【散】【的】【几】【人】，【除】【了】【偶】【尔】【路】【过】【的】【警】【卫】【巡】【逻】【的】【队】【伍】，【不】【管】【那】【条】【大】【街】【上】【都】【只】【有】【寥】【寥】【几】【人】，【跟】【昔】【日】【墨】【都】【的】【繁】【华】【是】【无】【法】【比】【拟】【的】。 【从】【三】【皇】【子】【婚】【礼】【上】【发】【生】【皇】【宫】【爆】【炸】，【然】【后】【三】【皇】【子】【登】【基】【再】【到】【大】【皇】【子】【攻】【入】