Manafort Filing: All My Lies Were Totally Unintentional

The Washington Post reports:

Attorneys for Paul Manafort on Wednesday rebutted allegations the former Trump campaign chairman lied to investigators and broke his plea deal, saying any misstatements he gave to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election were unintentional.

In a redacted version of a 10-page document filed under seal, Manafort’s attorneys told a federal judge “a fair reading” of the government’s allegations “does not support the conclusion that Mr. Manafort intentionally provided false information.”

Rather, they said, “when placed in proper context, much of the evidence presented by [Mueller’s office] merely demonstrates a lack of consistency in Mr. Manafort’s recollection of certain facts and events. Indeed, many of these events occurred years ago, or during a high-pressure U.S. presidential campaign” which Manafort left under fire.