Having gotten a cooperation deal with the prosecutor, why would Paul Manafort lie? I can think of a few possibilities.
a)Lying is so integral to his nature that he, like Trump, probably can't tell the difference.
b)He fears something more than life in prison. The wrath of the oligarchs he cheated?
c)He is counting on a pardon from Trump.
d)He is so conceited that he thought he could get away with it.
My guess is c? Anybody?
Former Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman reads the tea leaves. He can't figure it out either. He thinks that a late pardon deal would be perilous for all concerned.