Twist in college admissions scandal, defendant claims FBI told mastermind to lie

The legal team for actress Lori Loughlin and her husband claim that the FBI pressured the Varsity Blues alleged ring leader Rick Singer to lie, pointing to a message on his phone as evidence.
1:38 | 02/27/20

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Now to the new twist in the "Varsity blues" scandal. A newly released text message from mastermind Rick singer's phone has several accused parents now claiming vindication including Lori Loughlin. Paula Faris has more. Reporter: This morning, the attorney for Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband says there is new evidence that could clear them in the college admissions scandal. They claim that the evidence consists of notes from Rick singer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme which show that the FBI put pressure on him to lie. Hi, my name is Rick singer and I'm the founder of the key. Reporter: The defense points to a 2018 message that was written on singer's iPhone saying he had a, quote, loud and abrasive call with agents adding that they continue to ask me to tell a fib and not restate what I told my clients as to their money was going. The motion claims authorities forced singer to say the parents were paying bribes rather than legitimate donations. It's a crucial component of their defense. Loughlin's lawyer calls the notes not only exculpatory but exonerating but overnight a source familiar with the message calls singer's words a con man's interpretation and that the texts between singer and his attorney were sent before he decided to cooperate with the feds. And for the 15 parents that are still holding out and maintaining their innocence, prosecution has thrown extra charges at most of them. The source also says it only applies to one defendant, not revealing which defendant that is. So stay tuned. Will do. Thanks, Paula.

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